Posted: Monday, 22 September 2008
On behalf of over 3.2 million members, all of whom are shareholders in and customers of the Canada Post Corporation (CPC), the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) welcomes the opportunity to present its views on the strategic review of the CPC, requested by the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister responsible for the CPC.
The CLC and its postal unions have had a longstanding interest in Canada's postal service. About 66,000 of our members are employees of the Canada Post Group. Most of the employees working for the Canada Post Corporation are represented by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Associations (CPAA) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada/Union of Postal Communications of Canada (PSAC/UPCE).
Our interest in the strategic direction of the Canada Post Corporation goes back many decades. For example, in the period leading up to the creation of Canada Post as a crown corporation in 1981, the CLC was heavily involved in the drafting and finalization of Bill C-42 the "Canada Post Corporation Act". We have submitted our comments and views about the mission, the structure and the evolution of the CPC on several occasionsi. Throughout the years, our basic approach to Canada Post has remained consistent. From its inception we have argued for an improved and expanded public postal service that provides universal, accessible and affordable service to Canadians -wherever they live.
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