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Montreal postal workers strike on Tuesday just before the return to work order comes into force

Some workers went on strike at Canada Post Montreal on Monday late at night and even picket Tuesday morning – hours after senators voted in favor of legislation the Liberal government back to work.

Local members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have decided to strike at will. It was not an order from the national trade union leaders, members say.

This legislation back to work means that Canada Post workers should return to work as early as 12:00 pm ET Tuesday.

Local union representatives say the members return to work in accordance with the order, and not the face hefty fines.

The government's decision ends nearly six weeks of rotating strikes – strikes that have slowed the postal service from time to time throughout the country.

early morning strike on Tuesday in front of the sorting center in Saint-Laurent area of ​​Montreal with & # 39 is the second stop operation this month in the city.

Broken the law back to work

Canada Post employee Hakim Kaddouri was on picket Tuesday morning. He told CBC legislation back to the work concerned, since this is the second time since 2011 that the federal government of Canada over postal strike so.

"We have the right to strike," he said. "How can we deal with our employers, if we have twice the special law?"

Only the power of the union with the & # 39 is the ability to strike, he said, and the government is taking this power away.

The workers of Canada Post sorting center in the Saint-Laurent decided to go on strike after learning federal law back to work. (Lauren McCallum / CBC)

Union representative Annie Lesage said that she expects that CUPW will fight the legislation.

"We will fight as long as we can," she said. "We did it in 2011, we won the battle with the law back to work. If we have to go for it, we'll do it. "

The struggle for better working conditions

Along with the request for improving safety in the workplace, CUPW wants to pay better safety, guaranteed hours and equality.

"Our fight is not for money," said Lesage. "People will come back to work the same way as they have done for the past 10 years. We say that there are a lot of injuries. This is not a job, it's the work of Canada Post puts on their jobs. "

Lise-line Gelineau, president of the Montreal chapter CUPW, said members are unhappy that they have to go back to work in the same, unprepared conditions.

«Canada Post does not respect us, and neither does the Liberal government," she said.

She said that she was waiting for orders from the union at the national level as to what happens next.

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