Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 20, 2011 19:55 ET

Harper Government Tables the Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

'Canadians gave us a strong mandate to complete and protect our economic recovery'

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2011) - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, tabled the Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act.

The back-to-work legislation will put an end to the work stoppage affecting the Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) – Urban Operations Unit, which started on June 3.

"Our government is concerned about the effect this work stoppage is having on Canada's economic recovery and on Canadians," said Minister Raitt. "Canadians gave us a strong mandate to complete and protect our economic recovery, which is why we are tabling legislation to ensure resumption and continuation of postal services."

This legislation is necessary as the Government of Canada simply cannot wait for the parties to reach a settlement when there is no reasonable prospect for an agreement in the near future.

"My preference is always for the parties to resolve their own labour dispute and reach an agreement through negotiations," said Minister Raitt. "Our government is acting to protect the public interest and the country's economy as a whole."

Included in Bill C-6 are new pay rate increases and provisions for a final offer selection arbitration process - a binding mechanism - on all outstanding matters. The legislation will also include guiding principles to provide direction to the arbitrator that the desire of the Government is to see no increase in the unfunded portion of Canada Post's pension plan.

"Our Government's desire is to ensure that Canadian taxpayers are not left with the bill for Canada Post's pension plan," said the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport). "We expect that the arbitrator will carefully consider the effect on taxpayers of any changes to Canada Post's pension plan."

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Contact Information

  • Ashley Kelahear
    Special Assistant, Media Relations
    Office of Minister Raitt
    819-953-5646

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559