Could the Canada Post strike be over soon?

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Canada Post has made a new offer to mail carriers.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) said the offer was made on Wednesday for both rural and urban postal workers.

“The negotiating committee is working diligently to analyze the information contained in the proposals,” the union said in a statement released Wednesday. ” We will be putting out a more detailed bulletin shortly.”

Canada Post said the offer must be accepted by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday.

“The offer improves pay increases to 2 per cent per year for all employees, and a signing bonus of up to $1,000 to ensure a deal can be reached to deliver for the holidays,” Canada Post said. ” The offer also has a 25 per cent pay increase from the recently announced pay equity ruling and addresses many of CUPW’s concerns around health and safety and workloads.”

Employees with Canada Post have been on a series of rotating strikes since October 23, with the latest one in Windsor on Wednesday.

CUPW Local 630 President Phil Lyons said the rank-and-file are losing patience with, what is perceived as, a lack of progress to end the labour dispute.

There has been speculation that if the rotating strikes continue much longer, the Liberal government in Ottawa could introduce legislation to force the employees back to work and end the rotating strikes.

Lyons said the holiday season is quickly approaching and the shipping of parcels will peak at the beginning of December.

Meanwhile, rotating strikes hit Amherstburg Thursday, so there will be no mail delivery.