|Sat July 2 2016 23:18:29|
Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility
By: Ina Steiner
Online sellers had been warned of a possible disruption of mail in and out of Canada as early as July 2nd due to a labor dispute between Canada Post and union workers. However, CTV News
reported that neither party had filed the required 72-hour notice of a labor stoppage by noon on Friday.
It's not clear to us how much breathing room there is. The union said
on Friday that it would not take action prior to July 6th. The Canadian Union of Postal workers said in its announcement, "Today we presented CPC with our Global Offers for both the urban and RSMC collective agreements. As a result, we will not be servicing our 72-hour notice. Therefore, there will be no industrial action prior to July 6th."
However, mail could also be disrupted if Canada Post locks out workers.
On Saturday, Canada Post advised customers
that there could be no legal work disruption before the expiry of a 72-hour notice, and it said one had yet to be filed. It also issued a statement about the negotiations that was not encouraging.
Some eBay and Amazon sellers had reported over 2 weeks ago that they were suspending selling activities over fears they would not be able to meet the marketplaces' strict delivery performance standards in the event of a strike or lockout.
The fact such an event was averted on Saturday may do little to allay fears of a mail stoppage - the delay seems only to benefit shippers who have mail in the system that has yet to be delivered. The latest spin wars are not likely to give online merchants an incentive to place any more packages in the mail in Canada, since they could end up being stuck in the event of a strike or lockout.
You can read more about the issues in the June 22nd issue
of Newsflash and how ecommerce is playing a role in the labor dispute. We'll continue to follow developments.