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Postal workers on strike in new areas of Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

There are new Canada Post strikes to mark the start of November in Regina, Hamilton, Ont., North Bay, Ont., La Mauricie, Que., and the Outaouais on Thursday.

Strikes over on P.E.I. and in Joliette, Que.

Striking postal workers weren't letting any other Canada Post workers or managers cross the picket line at the corporation's mail processing plant in Ottawa on Wednesday. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

There are new Canada Post strikes to mark the start of November in Regina, Hamilton, Ont., North Bay, Ont., La Mauricie, Que., and the Outaouais on Thursday.

Meanwhile, postal workers represented by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers are still on strike in Ottawa as well as the British Columbia cities of Campbell River, Courtenay, Nanaimo and Port Alberni.

About 400 people are expected to hit the picket line by the end of the day in Regina alone. 

Local CUPW president William Johnson said members are frustrated with how long negotiations are taking.

He said one of the biggest issues is lack of equality for mail carriers in rural and suburban areas. 

"They don't get paid for hours worked, so if they have a route that's evaluated at six hours and they work nine to 10 hours, they're only paid for their six hours," he said, explaining that urban workers are entitled to overtime right now.

The signs of Canada Post pickets in Regina read: 'Time's running out. Negotiate now!' (Alex Soloducha/CBC)

Wednesday's strikes on P.E.I., in the Renfrew area of eastern Ontario and in other Quebec communities such as St-Jérôme and Valleyfield have ended.

These rotating strikes started Oct. 22, with CUPW's approximately 50,000 members trying to also improve job security and health and safety.

Canada Post has said it remains committed to reaching a negotiated settlement, while at the same time making every effort to minimize the impact of any disruption on the customers it serves.

Thursday also marks the start of a national overtime ban, according to the union, which is asking its members to work no longer than eight hours a day and 40 hours a week.

"We can show Canada Post just what it's like to run the postal service without relying on overtime — it can be done, and it can create jobs," the union said in a news release.

"During the strike period, Canada Post will try to use overtime to clear backlogs and undermine the effectiveness of our strike action. We won't co-operate with that."

With files from The Canadian Press

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