CWA Canada Student/Associate Members support striking postal workers

2018.11.28 | Statement of Solidarity

Legal strike action ended at noon on Tuesday after the federal government passed back-to-work legislation. (Credit: CUPW-STTP Facebook page)

CWA Canada Student/Associate Members are throwing their full support behind the more than 50,000 striking postal workers who have been unjustly legislated back to work by the federal government.

Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have been conducting rotating strikes for 37 days over core issues that are vitally important. Women’s equality, health and safety, and precarious work are all issues that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has taken a stand on. However, with this back-to-work legislation, the government has decided instead to allow Canada Post to continue with practices that reinforce inequity and cause injuries.

Workers in Canada have a constitutional right to collective bargaining and to strike as a means to achieve a fair agreement. The CWA Canada Student/Associate Members take the removal of these rights very seriously.

An attack of this magnitude on CUPW-STTP members is an attack on the entire labour movement and sends a very clear message from this government: we don’t care about Canadian workers, we’re not on your side.

If the Liberal government wants to continue to claim they are progressive, feminist, and worker-friendly, we demand that they reverse this decision and allow CUPW-STTP to continue to negotiate towards a fair deal.

We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers at CUPW-STTP as this legislation amounts to nothing more than the government trampling on their democratic rights as workers. We will fully support any and all actions that CUPW-STTP workers will employ over the coming days and weeks to fight back and even defy this legislation.

We encourage all members of the general public to do the same. A crown corporation can and should do better. We demand better.

In Solidarity,
The CWA Canada Associate Membership Program Steering Committee

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