New Brunswick

Layoff news upsets Canada Post staff in N.B., N.S.

About 200 Canada Post employees in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will be out of work in July.

Canada Post employees in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have learned they will be out of work in July.

The cuts to 200 call centre positions in Fredericton, N.B., and Antigonish, N.S., and other locations in Canada were announced last year when Canada Post said it would outsource the jobs.

On Thursday, Canada Post said it would start shedding workers on July 24.

Patty Ducharme of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the union that represents the workers, said many workers were upset that the news was delivered just before the long weekend.

"They sure were angry — I would say furious — with the employer's decision to announce it the day before Easter weekend," she said Sunday.

Ducharme said the union had asked the company to wait until after the weekend to make the announcement.

Anick Losier, spokeswoman for Canada Post, said she understood the timing was not good, but that the timing is never good to announce layoffs.

"Those are never easy conversations or dialogues. But we felt that it was important to let them know as quickly as we did, so that they could make their own plans," she said.

In addition to staff in Fredericton and Antigonish, the layoffs will also affect workers in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa.  

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