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Postal union postpones strike notice

August 25, 2016 8:09 A.M.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers postponed a media conference Thursday morning on its talks with Canada Post, fuelling speculation that there could be progress in the simmering dispute.

CUPW said earlier that it was prepared to serve 72-hour strike notice Thursday, Aug. 25, before its strike mandate expired. There was no explanation offered for the abrupt postponement.

The latest development comes after months of uncertainty over postal service with contract negotiations showing little progress. A labour stoppage was averted earlier this summer when the two parties agreed to a cooling off period and an extension of negotiations.

Contract negotiations have been focused on wage disparity between rural and urban letter carriers and the company’s proposal to alter its pension plan.

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