BUSINESS
05/28/2011 11:12 EDT | Updated 07/28/2011 05:12 EDT

Canada Post Strike Nears As Union Readies Employees

(CBC) -- The union representing Canada Post workers has told its members to prepare for a strike amid stalled negotiations with the Crown corporation.

However, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUP-W) says it did not plan to submit a 72-hour strike notice Sunday and said there will be no strike action on Wednesday.

The union's national committee said in a message on its website that it was meeting Sunday to "evaluate the situation" and to plan its next move.

The union said it wants Canada Post to address issues such as inadequate staffing, excessive workload and what it says is "constant harassment of workers when they are sick or injured."

The union said it has proposed things such as greater rotation of duties and ergonomic studies on behalf of its members. It said the corporation has not addressed these and other issues during seven months of negotiations.

Canada Post has not immediately responded to the message.

Last Sunday, the union released a statement saying it had made important compromises in tabling a new proposal.

An earlier agreement covering some 50,000 employees expired on Jan. 31, and talks on a new deal began last fall.

Last week, Canada Post reached an agreement with the union to bring in volunteer postal workers to deliver cheques to pensioners and those on social assistance should a labour disruption occur.