Postal Strike hits Ottawa, Renfrew and Arnprior today

Canada Post strike Saskatoon

Canada Post workers on strike in Saskatoon on Oct. 30 2018

About 30 protesters braved the pouring rain to march outside the Canada Post building at the corner of Riverside Drive and Industrial Avenue in Ottawa Wednesday as the 24-hour rotating strike hits Ottawa today.

At issue for the union is the infrastructure and hiring needed to meet increased parcel loads and work demands, and pay equality for postal workers across the board, Murray said. Rotation strike action by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers continues in Nanaimo, Port Alberni, and Courtenay Oct. 31.

The union is also looking for gender-equity language in a new deal, along with no more forced overtime.

It's estimated that these plants process a combined one million parcels and packets a day for communities across the country.

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"We're doing our best to maintain service, but it's creating uncertainty and stress for our employees, as well as customers", Hamilton said.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says walkouts started in Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I., on Wednesday just after midnight local time, and at 1 a.m. ET in Joliette.

Here at home, Ottawa and Renfrew-Arnprior and Smiths Falls join other municipalities like Deep River and Petawawa and Peterborough who were affected on Tuesday by the strike. Canada Post wants to add a third tier, Murray said.

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