Canada Post overwhelmed with international parcels

Due to successful industrial action on the part of its unions, Canada Post has called on its international partners to halt mail and parcel shipments to the country due to a 30 day delivery backlog caused by the strikes.

Canada Post also said that its domestic customers are also backed up due to the strike action that began on October 22.

“The backlogs are also extending to international mail and parcels entering the country,” Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said in an email.

“As a result, we have been forced to request that international posts, including the United States Postal Service, refrain from shipping items until we can clear the backlog.”

In response the UK Royal Mail said it would hold its Canada bound shipments rather than send them in. In a statement Royal Mail said, “As a result of ongoing industrial action, we have now been requested to suspend the dispatching of international traffic destined for Canada, from today until further notice,” it said.

“This applies not only to us, but all international postal operators.”

The strike action came as a direct result of Canada Post management telling its delivery staff that they would no longer be able to choose the dates of their holidays but would rather be given them regardless of convenience. Rolling strike action has ensued with some results for the staff – management has made offers to the unions but the unions refusing to accept immediately. Canada Post’s management has made the offers time sensitive with the deadline at 2359 next Saturday.

The unions have also criticised the international shipment delay. Mike Palecek, CUPW national president said, ““There is no reason to halt international shipments. Let us solve our issues at the bargaining table.”