Canada Post announced Tuesday morning that it will eliminate 48 jobs at its London mail processing plant by August 25, 2014.
CUPW Local 566 President Dean Woronski tells Blackburn News the announcement was made by a senior manager directly to workers.
“It’s devastating. We’re really upset with the announcement,” says Woronski. “We knew that down the road there would be changing to letter carrier model with their cutting door-to-door delivery. But we did not expect London to be in their sights for this.”
Woronski says the crown corporation will eliminate 44 full-time and 4 part-time positions by attrition and move London mail sorting to Toronto. Twenty-nine positions in Hamilton are also being cut.
Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton says the London facility isn’t closing.
“A lot of the mail processing is going to move to our larger facility in Toronto, but there will still be a lot of work that will remain sorting some of the mail,” says Hamilton. He points to the sorting of parcels, packets, and direct mail.
“The areas of the business that we’re seeing growth in,” says Hamilton.