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Federal mediators join postal negotiations

July 11, 2016 10:49 A.M.

The on-again, off-again postal service disruption appears to be off again.

Canada Post and CUPW negotiators were back at the table in Ottawa Monday with the threat of a lockout or strike averted for the time being at least.

The corporation withdrew its 72-hour notice to allow resumption of talks. Federal mediators are working with the two parties.

“We are also expecting the union to honour their repeated public statements that they have no plans to issue a strike notice,” Canada Post management stated. “Assurance from both parties that the postal system will remain open for business while we negotiate will provide the certainty that Canadians and our employees are looking for.”

The Liberal government has taken a more active stance on the dispute, encouraging both sides to reach a negotiated agreement, though they remain far apart on key points such as pensions and pay equity.

“I am pleased that there has been movement at the bargaining table and that progress is being made,” MaryAnn Mihychuk, minister of employment, workforce development and labour, said in a statement released Sunday night. “I encourage both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to continue their discussions beyond the lockout notice deadline. I remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached by the parties.”

Canada Post, meanwhile, reassured customers Monday that they can rely on the postal service through this period of uncertainty.

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