CUPE was dismayed that Canada Post Corporation Strategic Review does not include an open consultation process. CUPE did submit a brief to express our concerns and priorities for Canada Post, along with hundreds of municipalities and other stakeholders. The Review is considering eliminating Canada Post’s exclusive right to pick up and deliver regular mail. This would mean deregulating the postal sector. Deregulation is a form of privatization.
Thanks to public ownership and control, Canada Post has maintained great service, low prices that are the same from coast to coast to coast, delivery to rural areas, safety for workers, decent jobs, especially for women in rural communities. Keeping it public has also allowed Canada Post to deliver important public programs like low rates for mailing books between libraries and for sending food to remote communities, free postage for materials for the blind and for sending materials to parliament hill. All of these are programs that people in Canada take for granted and could be lost if Canada post brings in market competition for regular mail.
Click here to go to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ website for more information about the Strategic Review.