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Report reveals economic impact of 2011 postal strike was negligible

Cost of labour disruption exaggerated by hundreds of millions.

Lemelin: The paper demonstrates postal back-to-work legislation was not enacted for economic reasonsOTTAWA, ON, June 26, 2012: A new research paper shows that the postal strike and lock-out in June 2011 did not have a negative impact on the economy, contrary to what the federal government and others claimed at the time.

"Last June, the Harper government argued it had to legislate CUPW members back-to-work to protect the economy," said Canadian Union of Postal Workers National President Denis Lemelin. "But the paper reveals that the impact of the postal disruption on the economy was negligible, as measured by bankruptcy and employment data."

Not only that, the labour disruption only cost Canada Post about $58 million, not "'hundreds of millions' as claimed by Canada Post President Deepak Chopra," said Lemelin.

  "[Back-to-work legislation] was enacted because our government has it out for workers."

The paper also shows that while some businesses were negatively affected, there is no evidence the rotating strikes threatened their viability. It shows charities, non-profit organizations, seniors groups and rural and remote organizations experienced some temporary negative impacts.

"The paper demonstrates that postal back-to-work legislation, which was passed one year ago, was not enacted for economic reasons," said Lemelin. "It was enacted because our government has it out for workers."

The findings of the CUPW research paper, The economic impact of the Canadian postal strike and lockout: Permanent economic damage or temporary inconvenience?, were presented at the Rutgers University Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics in Brighton, United Kingdom.

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Posted: July 19, 2012

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