Postal Strike Canada – Who cares?

fdradler's picture

We had a postal strike for two weeks and the thought occured to me, who cares?

I am sympathetic to the small businesses who have particularly suffered through this ordeal. There are alternatives as we have found out in our business.

I believe we are seeing the last attempts by the employees of what is fast becoming a redundant service to flex their muscles. If the government had any spine, which it likely doesn’t, the easiest lesson to teach these malcontents is to let them sit on the streets for a couple more weeks.

Does it really matter if the mail is delivered three days a week instead of five?  Say Monday, Wednesday, Friday, with the other half of homes receiving service on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. To a great extent, pickup times could be coordinated to save an equivalent amount of money. The result is a 40% reduction in the post offices’ variable cost.

The strike – I refuse to call it a lockout – and previous strikes have created alternative delivery systems and a general tolerance by the Canadian public for lack of service. The union has its own policies to thank for the new acceptance of the irrelevance of their worth. As stated above, we could probably run the post office for 40% less cost than we have now.  I suspect that variable cost make up 80% of the budget.

I remember when we delivered mail 6 days a week. When the government went to 5 days there was an outcry about the lack of service. Times have changed and so have communication methods. Alternatives are now available and technology has made some of the service the post office provided redundant.

The best response the government can provide to all of us is to teach them a lesson.

David Radler is an executive officer of Continental Newspapers which owns several newspapers including The Chronicle-Journal.