The stand-off is continuing between postal workers and Canada Post as the company gave a 72-hour lockout notice late Monday night.
The lockout would take effect on Friday if a deal isn’t worked out between CUPW and the crown corporation.
Postal workers are negotiating for changes to their pension plans among other items. Canada Post says the demands account for $1 billion in additional costs, something the corporation can’t afford.
“We knew this was their game all along,” said CUPW President Mike Palecek. “They refused to negotiate fairly with us and now they’re locking the doors and will try to starve us to submission.”
Canada Post cited the decline in service and sales since the spectre of a work stoppage was raised as reason for the lockout.
The move doesn’t necessarily mean postal service will stop altogether, according to the corporation. A similar situation in 2011 resulted in rolling strikes from CUPW members over 10 days.