Canada Post offers four-year deal to union

Canada Post workers strike hits Winnipeg again with a deal on the table

Canada Post workers strike hits Winnipeg again with a deal on the table

Canada Post has said that mail and parcels will not be delivered or picked up in the impacted areas.

While many businesses have adapted as best they can since the strikes began on October 22, Stairs said adjustments online sellers have made so far to avoid delivery disruptions are unsustainable.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned his government will take unspecified action to end the rotating strikes if there is no significant progress in the negotiations.

"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are critical sales opportunities for Canadian small and micro retailers, particularly those that sell into the USA - the largest consumer market in the world", said Andrea Stairs, GM of eBay Canada.

"Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" are major days for shopping discounts, tied to American Thanksgiving.

Canada Post's latest contract offers to its workers contain positives, but not enough to put an end to rotating walkouts, the head of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said on Thursday.

CUPW national president Mike Palecek won't say whether tentative deals can be reached before a Saturday deadline set by Canada Post.

A spokeswoman for Hajdu said Wednesday the government recognizes Canadians and small businesses rely on the postal service, and encouraged corporate and union negotiators to keep talking.

CUPW members staged pickets in Toronto on Tuesday for the third time in the past two weeks.

The delivery service says major shutdowns at processing plants in Toronto and Vancouver has caused a backlog of almost 500 tractor-trailer loads of parcels that need to be sorted.

The Crown corporation's main sorting plants in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal normally process about one-million parcels daily. "We already have joint health and safety committees and management hasn't addressed these issues there, so why would this be any different?" said Palecek. The latest offer includes annual 2% wage increases, plus signing bonuses of up to $1,000 per employee.

CUPW Prairie Region education and organization officer Todd Jarema said that while he hasn't had time to look at the offer in great detail, at first glance it seemed a lot of the main issues brought forward by the union had not been addressed, including the "plethora" of parcels, multiple-bundle delivery, and access to equal pay and benefits for rural units.

The two sides have been negotiating for nearly a full year, with little success despite the assistance of government-appointed mediators.