Nfld. & Labrador

No change in picket line tone: CUPW

A postal union leader in St. John's says a court injunction won't change the tone on the Canada Post picket line.

A postal union leader in St. John's says a court injunction won't change the tone on the Canada Post picket line.  

A Newfoundland Supreme Court judge granted Canada Post an injunction Thursday limiting what locked-out employees can do on picket lines in eastern Newfoundland.

Canada Post complained workers in St. John's and Mount Pearl were blocking access to post offices using vehicles, picnic tables, pallets and what Judge Robert Hall described as a "vigorous picket line."

Craig Dyer, a local representative with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said there haven't been many incidents like that.

"We've been supported by the public," he said. "And except for the first day where it was really heated, I don't see a need to change our tone. We're getting the support of the public and we support the public." 

The injunction prohibits workers from blocking access to people walking by, and called for any barricades on picket lines to be removed by Thursday night.

Workers also cannot use vehicles or other barriers to block managers and customers from crossing the lines.

"We have to take down our barricades. We have to allow traffic to come and go to do normal, regular business," Dyer said. "He has granted us a right to provide information to the customer and to the workers that are in the building."  

The injunction does not limit the number of people who can be on the picket line.