HALIFAX – A handful of protesters briefly blocked the entrances to Canada Post’s main facility in Halifax early today in a show of solidarity for employees who were legislated back to work this week.
The group left about two hours later at 10 a.m., after police told them they were not allowed to block vehicles coming in and out of the plant.
Canada Post said on Twitter that the protests amounted to the illegal obstruction of the movement of mail, adding that it would “take appropriate action to address illegal activity” affecting operations.
The gesture comes after the Canadian Union of Postal Workers held 37 days of rotating strikes across the country before back-to-work legislation was officially passed Monday.
Canada Post indicated this week that Canadians can continue to expect delivery delays for the next several weeks.
Danny Cavanaugh, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, says people want to take a stand for collective rights because they’re unhappy with the imposed legislation.
“We’re here to make sure that we’re doing something to protect our rights under the Canadian Charter for fair and free bargaining,” he said.
“We’re out in solidarity. Of course, Nova Scotia isn’t immune to getting legislative pieces by our provincial government and of course the federal legislation will have detrimental effects on everybody right across the country.”News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2019