Nova Scotia

Postal strike hits Cape Breton

Picket lines are up at eight Canada Post sites in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, halting mail service in the region.
Striking postal workers chat with police Monday outside the mail processing plant in Sydney. (Bobby Nock/CBC)

Picket lines are up at eight Canada Post sites in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, halting mail service in the region.

The national rotating strike by Canada Post employees moved to Nova Scotia late Sunday.

The 190 workers in Sydney, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, New Waterford and Glace Bay will remain off the job until 11 p.m. Monday.

Mail carriers and other post office staff had been waiting for the call ever since their union launched the first rotating strike in Winnipeg more than a week ago.

"We're happy to be part of it at the moment," said Gordon MacDonald, president of the local branch of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

MacDonald said Canada Post isn't negotiating fairly with workers. He said the corporation is making matters worse by reducing mail service to three times a week.

Jon Hamilton, a corporation spokesman, said managers told union negotiators that the rotating strike has succeeded only in pushing customers away.

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