Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 30, 2011 11:56 ET

Statement by the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 30, 2011) - Today, as Canada's Labour Minister, I received a 72-hour notice of strike from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) – Urban Operations Unit. I am concerned by the fact that a strike is being considered and am taking this situation very seriously.

Any work stoppage would impact Canada's economic well-being. We are currently going through an economic recovery, which remains fragile.

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting unions and employers, while advancing stable labour relations. I remind the parties that the best solution in any dispute is one that the parties reach themselves. I therefore urge and encourage the parties to reach a negotiated agreement as soon as possible.

This statement is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

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

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