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Mail delivery cut to three days on P.E.I.


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Postal workers are sticking to their strategy of limited rotating strikes for another day, targeting Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. The strikers also walked off the job in Edmonton and are debating escalating to a wider pressure tactics.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Islanders are still going to get their mail but not as often, says a Canada Post union representative.

Anita Bock, who represents postal workers in and around the Charlottetown area, said mail delivery will only be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

That’s because Canada Post is cutting staffing levels at its mail-sorting plants and reducing the frequency of mail deliveries in urban centres across the country to adjust to lower volumes since rotating strikes began.

Workers in Summerside were on the picket lines Thursday.

“Once the mail runs out, inside workers will be sent home without pay,’’ Bock said.

The union representative says that means the Crown corporation is violating its own charter, which promises mail delivery five days a week, excluding statutory holidays.

Bock said that charter also guarantees inner city mail will be delivered the next day, mail within the province will be in mailboxes in two days while cross-country mail isn’t supposed to take more than four days.

“So, they’re going against two of their clauses right there by eliminating the workers from working two days a week and they’re cutting public mail off that they rightly deserve, whether they’re waiting for a cheque or anything,’’ Bock said.

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