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Stop post office closures, call for moratorium: CUPW petition

Rural, small town post offices to be closed without community consultations or options investigated.

Report calls for deregulation, closure of rural post officesA recent report from the Canada Post Corporation Strategic Review (CPCSR) has the media focussing on an erroneous buzz that the report calls for massive cuts to door-to-door mail delivery.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) says that there are more important issues at stake, namely recommendations to deregulate the Post Office as well as closing many rural and small town outlets.

A statement from the union says: "So why the focus on the door-to-door issue? It is possible that Canada Post is attempting to distract the media from the more politically volatile threats to service in the report, which are the rural recommendations. The advisory panel recommends that the current moratorium on post office closures in rural and small towns be replaced with new rules and procedures, including the ability to replace public post offices with private outlets. Private outlets would weaken service and destroy some of the better paying jobs in rural communities."

The union has instigated a petition to call for a moratorium so that there can be public consultations and investigation into appropriate delivery systems for various circumstances.

Links and sources
  Petition link
  Further information
  Canada Post Corporation Strategic Review - Final Report - Part III

Posted: November 16, 2009

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