Media Advisory / Photo Op
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
People for Postal Workers and Friends of Public Services will deliver a petition to the Prime Minister’s Office in Ottawa, calling for a change in management at Canada Post. The groups argue that Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra is continuing to carry out the agenda of the Harper government by attempting to force a labour dispute as a way of sabotaging the government’s review of the postal service.
WHEN: 12pm, Tuesday, August 2, 2016
WHERE: Prime Minister’s Office, Elgin and Wellington, Ottawa
WHY: The groups are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to fire Chopra and the other Harper appointed Canada Post board members. Chopra declined a request from Trudeau to resign, but People for Postal Workers and Friends of Public Services argue the time has passed for asking nicely. As CEO, Chopra has pursued a reckless plan to strip down Canada Post by cutting services, eliminating door to door delivery, and ignoring proposals to expand services, like postal banking.
PUBLIC FORUM ON DELIVERING COMMUNITY POWER
WHEN: 7pm, Wednesday, August 3, 2016
WHERE: JK Wylie Room, PSAC National Office — 233 Gilmour St.
SPEAKERS: Dru Jay, Friends of Public Services; Lynda Kitchikeesic, Idle No More; Larry Rousseau, PSAC – National Capital Region; and a speaker from CUPW will discuss the postal workers’ vision and the alliance that’s backing it.
SPONSORED BY: Solidarity Against Austerity, People for Posties Ottawa, Ottawa CUPE District Council, Friends of Public Services, CUPW, Leap Manifesto, RankandFile.ca, and the Council of Canadians.
Postal workers have put forward a bold vision to make Canada Post into an engine for a climate-friendly economy by investing in green jobs that reduce emissions while benefitting low-income and rural communities. Now, the Harper-appointed administration of Canada Post is threatening to lock them out of their jobs, while a public review decides the future of this profitable public service.