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CUPE National President Paul Moist joined hundreds of supporters at a rally in Ottawa this week to support  locked out members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

The Harper Conservative government has introduced legislation to force the CUPW members back to work. Moist called these measures undemocratic and urged the federal government to halt plans to impose back- to-work legislation.

This national work stoppage has been caused by Canada Post, a federal crown corporation answerable to the Government of Canada. Rather than imposing extraordinary legislation, the government should be ordering Canada Post to end the lock-out and return to the bargaining table,” said Moist.

CUPW has asked supporters from around the world to join an international campaign calling on Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt to support free collective bargaining rights, and encouraging her to ensure that Canada Post engages in realistic negotiations.