Re: Postal workers protest legislation, June 22.
While I appreciate your reporter writing this story, there is one message that was missed.
While these locked-out postal workers were protesting outside of MP Russ Hiebert’s office, they went inside and delivered a message to his staff. That message was: we are going to be watching the vote on this legislation very carefully and we urge him to vote with his conscience and to vote considering the legal right to free collective bargaining.
The postal workers are more than willing to go back to work tomorrow under the terms of the old collective agreement and continue to negotiate freely with Canada Post without government interference.
I do not understand how Hiebert (South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale) can state this legislation is “a healthy way to resolve a labour dispute.” There was a recent Supreme Court decision that upheld the right to free collective bargaining.
Let us work and let us negotiate a fair collective agreement.
One last note, Mr. Hiebert, postal workers have very long memories and we will not forget what you and your government are trying to do to us with this legislation. We will be around four years from now when you are trying to get re-elected and we will remember.
Stephen Gale, Surrey