Canada Post strikes continue in five southern Ontario communities

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says that by Monday morning 1,800 members will be on strike

He said it's unclear if this will last for more than one day.

Since Oct. 22, the rotating strikes have shut down operations in more than 70 communities across the country.

The strikes began either Sunday night or first thing Monday morning.

In a statement, Canada Post said strike action was impacting service in Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, as well as 10 locations in Ontario and nine locations in Newfoundland.

"This is the largest list I've seen so far", said Todd Jarema with CUPW's prairie region headquarters in Winnipeg.

Remegius Cheeke, the Guelph Local 546 president, said the crown corporation needs to address "major health and safety issues", stop forced overtime and stop the "overburdening of delivery personnel". This means more work for postal employees, he said.

The union has said the current strike could last a long time.

With longer hours and an increase in parcels, the health and safety of employees is at risk, Cheeke said. We've seen injury rates skyrocket. A mediator was appointed to held the two sides reach a deal, but a deal has not yet been reached.

The strike has led to delivery delays with concerns over worsening ones growing as the busy Christmas season approaches, said company spokesman Jon Hamilton.

Though staff work hard when not on the picket line, it's difficult to recover the service pace following walk-outs, said Hamilton. Canada Post says it has made "significant offers to CUPW that include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits", and claims it has not asked for any concessions in return.

Cuda said there are increased volumes of parcels due to online shopping and delivery of cannabis since the federal government legalized it on October 17.

Cuda said he's hopeful the rotating strikes will "put pressure on Canada Post to address the main issues".

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