Right to Strike Means nothing to the Blue Meanies
Despite media reports that the strike by agents at Air Canada really isn't having much affect on the travelling public, the Labour Minister today said they will promptly legislate the employees back to work and may table legislation to do that as nearly as Thursday.
That is pretty amazing. They haven't even been out 24 hours yet.
More interesting perhaps is the Postal Workers' dispute. They have been carrying on rotating strikes across the country. Pretty responsible I thought, not wanting to shut down Canada Post all together. The mail was getting through albeit a bit slower that usual.
Canada Post then decided to go on the attack and locked the workers out to see if they could bring things to a head. The Labour Minister once again jumped into the breach and threatened back to work legislation.
I admit I don't know but, I suspect the conversations between Canada Post and the minister's senior people went something like this.
Canada Post: "Come on. You have to do something. We're losing money with damn rotating strikes. It is all a royal pain in the ass. You can't let those guys push us around.
Labour Canada: "I'm not sure we are prepared to bring in legislation to stop a rotating strike but...Let's see...What could we do?... Well, if no one was at working at all that would be another matter." Wink, wink, nod, nod.
Canada Post: "Oh yeah. Good point.
Canada Post locked everyone out this morning. No mail, whatsoever is being delivered from coast to coast to coast. Someone call Lisa Raitt.
If the minister had a lick of sense she would have simply told Canada Post, a Crown Corporation, to quit playing silly bugger, to pull the lock out notice and get people back to work. Some mail must be better that no mail. But no. She didn't see it quite that way.
With a total shut down she figured it was time to teach those Posties a lesson. I can just hear her saying, "Picketing Post Offices? Not on my watch"
Lisa says, the legislation will be ready in the morning. It will be back to work for those scoundrels.
Months of hard bargaining down the drain and just the way this government likes it. Yhe employers will get what they want. The Posties get screwed.
You can depend on this government.