OTTAWA – With the volume of mail plummeting due to the increased reliance on electronic correspondence, Canada Post this morning announced the elimination of 6000-8000 jobs and a massive increase in stamp price to bring the Crown corporation back into the black.
In response, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) held an afternoon press conference where union leader Denis Lemelin castigated Canada Post executive management for failing to investigate other avenues to keep the corporation viable and save jobs.
“We are disappointed that Canada Post executives have not lobbied the federal government harder for legislation that would help keep Canada Post afloat and save Canadian jobs,” Lemelin stated. “We call on Parliament directly to legislate measures that will not only help restore postal volumes to their previous peak, but in fact push volumes to even higher levels, thus generating additional revenue. With additional revenue, Canada Post can hire more postal carriers and provide gainful employment for Canadians.”
“For example, the Conservative government has the majority in Parliament to pass legislation to restrict or eliminate the use of email. They can pass this at any time, and this would have an immediate and profound impact as people would need to resort to lettermail for correspondence that they previously executed electronically. Email does not create jobs…real, physical mail that you can touch and feel is what creates jobs.”
Other suggestions by CUPW to alleviate the postal carrier’s woes include:
- Implementing a Canada Post royalty tax on SMS, WhatsApp, and Kik messages sent using mobile devices
- Legislating that newspaper and flyer home delivery be covered by the Canada Post monopoly
- Charging for a service that would allow Canadians to physically mail blog comments
- Abandoning the ePost service for consumer bills, as it is viewed as cannibalizing the profitable business of physical bill delivery