The union representing Canadian postal workers has issued a 72-hour strike notice as negotiations with Canada Post remain stalled.
It comes after Ottawa stepped in at the 11th hour in a bid to prevent strike action.
Federal Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk had announced she is appointing a Special Mediator in the Canada Post labour dispute, saying she expected both parties to work together to come to a resolution.
The postal workers 60-day strike mandate expires at midnight tonight, and the union now says Canada Post management has refused to allow a 24-hour extension of timelines to allow for negotiation of further talks.
The Canadian Press reports Canada Post denies that allegation.
Earlier today, the union suddenly cancelled a news conference set for 7am, following Ottawa’s intervention. However in a release this afternoon it says it has “no choice but to file a 72-hour notice of job action.”
It says it is still willing to withdraw that notice if Canada Post agrees to an extension.
That job action could start Monday morning, though it’s not clear if it would be a full-blown work stoppage or more limited action.
CUPW’s 51,000 members have been locked in bitter negotiations with the crown corporation for nine months, with key sticking points being pensions, rural-urban pay differences, job security, and working conditions.