Canada Post and the union representing mail carriers will begin working with a special mediator today as threatened job action is looming.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which represents nearly 51,000 employees issue a 72-hour notice of job action Thursday, and accused the Crown corporation of trying to force a labour dispute.
The union has not specficied whether the job action, would result in a disruption in mail delivery. If it does, that could happen as soon as Monday.
CUP-W says the notice, given to management contained a list of anticipated job actions, but stopped short of a full-blown walkout.
Meanwhile Canada’s labour minister is hopeful the mediator will be able to bring the dispute to resolution by Sunday.
Canada Post and the union have been in negotiations for more than nine months but are far apart on key issues including pay equity for rural carriers and proposed changes to the pension plan.