I don’t want to run blindly into a politicized situation, but I do want to talk about unions, specifically regarding the postal workers strike.
I’ve read and had many discussions about the conditions of this strike. It is difficult to understand any situation in full, but, if you’d like to hear it, I have developed an opinion.
To be honest, I’ve always been more about unions, fair wages, benefits, and worker safety than not. I believe these things are fundamental to the health of a society. If they are scaled back, a new standard could be set. Most importantly, access to these rights cannot be limited.
What I find particularly upsetting is the public opinion surrounding the strike. I’ve seen considerable support for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) in my community, but general indifference everywhere else. The common opinion being that, in the age of digital communication, physical mail is fast becoming irrelevant. Therefore, the strike poses no threat to daily life. But I don’t think that’s the point.
And with this, I come to the point of my post today. Can’t we agree that people deserve to be paid for their work? I would hope so. Everyone deserves job security and a safe work environment. I would also include reasonable retirement packages and a basic consideration of the strain of physical labour.
These benefits aren’t afforded to most workers. I see the struggle of the CUPW as a fight for fair working conditions, not just for themselves but, across the country in all vocations.
Without much in the way of facts, I have stated my opinion. Please reply.
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