Despite the Postal Strike officially ending in Montreal on November 27th, some Canadians have decided to keep fighting on postal workers' behalf. Last night, between 5:30 and 8:00pm, a group of protestors rallied to block postal trucks that were scheduled to leave the Leo-Blanchette sorting centre in Montreal's west end.
The protestors were not associated with Canada Post and dispersed upon the arrival of Montreal Police.
TL;DR A group of protestors illegally blocked Canada Post trucks that were attempting to come and go from a sorting facility in Saint-Laurent on Monday night between 5:30 and 8:00pm. None of the protestors are Canada Post workers or are in anyway affiliated with Canada Post.
This isn't the first time protestors have blocked Canada Post Trucks. The same thing happened in BC last week.
The strike began as the Canadian Union of Postal Workers asked for safety improvements in the workplace, better pay, job security, guaranteed hours, and equality of opportunity. The strikes started in four major Canadian cities in October and rotated across the country throughout November.
The Liberal government eventually got involved and the Senate inevitably passed legislation to force employees of Canada Post back to work.
On the day the back-to-work legislation was passed, postal workers in Montreal continued to picket right up until the order was passed at noon that day, when they were officially forced to return to work.
So, while many Canadians released a sigh of relief on the afternoon of the 27th, it is clear that postal workers do not feel their demands have been properly heard, and certainly not met.
I finally found a way to buy the tea I like and then the Canadian postal strike makes it scarce again. I hope they're doing okay and it gets resolved soon.— bmmboo ⭕🍍🎍 (@boombooshoot) December 10, 2018
The impact of this kind of massive, nationwide strike is undeniable. Canadians across the country are no doubt feeling the delay of their holiday packages.
But this is exactly why the CUPW began the strike — the number of parcel deliveries only continues to increase in our world of Amazaon Prime and marijuana deliveries.
Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton explained to the CBC, that postal workers must contend with an unimaginable workload during the holiday season, when millions of packages must reach their destinations.
Spotted: Gritty supporting postal worker’s right to strike. pic.twitter.com/pCftIjkZS5— Poppy (@coolcatmum) December 5, 2018
It's for these reasons that many Canadians have been supportive of the strike, because they appreciate the arduous physicality of carrying every whimsical purchase we Canadians make.
Community supporters rally outside the #yeg postal depot to protest federal government’s decisions to strip the right to strike from postal workers. Negotiate don’t legislate! #canlab #cdnpoli #ableg pic.twitter.com/Vc46L6gIQa— Gil McGowan (@gilmcgowan) December 10, 2018
Regular Canadians feel this back-to-work legistlation infringes on the workers' right to strike. It was this sentiment that motivated protestors in Montreal, who were not affiliated with Canada Post.
"This isn't an attack on postal workers alone, this is an attack on all Canadian workers. All Canadian workers need to rally to stop this type of dispute from happening" https://t.co/M5OawCQ4Jp #canlab @cupw #solidarity— Erika Shaker (@ErikaShaker) December 3, 2018
The right to protest is part of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and has long been considered a protected form of expression for labour groups and trade unions as well as groups of individual citizens.
Many Canada Post workers have also noted that the government attempted to end the strike in 2011 the same way.
However, the Liberal government is quick to affirm that this back-to-work order is different than the one several years ago. This legislation would work to reach a settlement for both parties by appointing a government-approved "mediator-arbitrator" whose job it would be to choose one of Canada Post or CUPW's proposals.
My @FabFitFun box has come from California , into Canada, back to California, to Mississauga, to Ottawa, then back To Mississauga. I’m beginning to think my box is Carmen Sandiego;). Ps: this is all in fun, I fully support the Canadian Postal workers strike:). pic.twitter.com/lI1RuzkfnX— Ferret & Mink (@ferretandmink) December 11, 2018
The union's major power is its ability to stage a largescale strike. If the government continually undermines that power, it essentially ceases to exist.