Business and commercial: Feds intervene in postal strikes

The Liberal government has ordered postal workers to get back on the job. Canada's business and commercial sectors have been taking a hard hit due to rotating strikes imposed by Canada Post employees. The government has given the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) 90 days to work with a mediator to come to an agreement, failing which an agreement will be imposed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the move was a last resort, but his government had to act to protect small businesses and Canadians affected by the strikes. These month-long rotating strikes have caused a backlog of letters and parcels which have been left unsorted at postal outlets. Canada Post has said it would continuing bargaining in  good faith with CUPW members.

The Crown Corporation has said that it may be weeks before the backlog of letters and packages are cleared, especially at major urban centres. Groups representing businesses have been asking for government intervention before the Christmas season gets busier. Many businesses rely on the mail to get their goods delivered. Online businesses, especially, have a vested interest in seeing postal workers off the picket lines.

There are many issues that can affect the business and commercial realms in Canada. A postal strike can have an adverse effect on a business. Whatever legal business concerns a client has, a lawyer may be able to provide the answers. A lawyer can help business owners to understand any legal problems they may be facing and what issues may crop up in the future and offer a plan to avert those issues.

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