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Posties allege stamp double standard

Monday, March 31, 2014   by: Staff



OTTAWA – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is pointing out that Canada Post’s new higher postage rates, which come into effect today, are structured to give big businesses a break while individuals and smaller organizations will pay more.

Stamp booklets, usually purchased by individuals and smaller companies, are shooting up from 63 cents per stamp to 85 cents while single stamps will cost a dollar.

Large-volume mailers, however, will pay only 69 or 70 cents per stamp.

Postage metre users will get a discount of 10 cents per stamp.

The metres are manufactured and sold by the multinational corporation Pitney Bowes, where Deepak Chopra was President and CEO of the company's Canadian division before taking the reins at Canada Post.

“That’s the Conservative way: one standard for their corporate friends and another for the rest of us,” said CUPW National President Denis Lemelin, speaking at a press conference today with NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice.

In the wake of widespread popular opposition to its government-backed “5-Point Action Plan,” Canada Post has gone into damage control mode, offering some temporary “relief” discounts on postage to smaller businesses and charities.

However, the union says this is not good enough.

“Canada Post is supposed to provide public postal service for all and that includes fair prices for all,” said Lemelin.

Rallies, door-to-door canvassing, town halls, petitions and other activities continue to take place across the country while the number of municipalities opposing Canada Post’s plan is growing.

To see CUPW's plan for a better public postal service for all, visit

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Battler213 3/31/2014 2:05:57 PM Report


Show me any distributor that doesn't give discounts to bulk customers. The more you buy the more you save. Nice media twist though geared to anger against Canada Post.
Beej 3/31/2014 2:12:48 PM Report

Corrupt to the core.
Just Curious 3/31/2014 2:17:12 PM Report

Just the CUPW whining... Union execs are gonna have to take a cut in pay if too many workers get laid off..
SmAsHed 3/31/2014 5:14:43 PM Report

I really think that such an excessive hike in price (instead of the usual one or two cent increases of the past) is going to hurt Canada Post in the long run. While the older generations still tend to send a lot of mail, the younger generations are simply going to rely on email and fax now instead.
Zing 3/31/2014 5:27:53 PM Report

What is fax?
guestwho 3/31/2014 6:16:29 PM Report

increase prices,reduce services to stay alive!!wow,talk about shooting yourself in the foot.they must be dying to close shop.
drdm 3/31/2014 9:01:57 PM Report

Battler: check out natural gas prices if you think higher volume results in lower prices
harry dick 3/31/2014 11:23:32 PM Report

The head of Canada Post should take a 50% cut in pay to help the corporation survive. Government managers are historically overpaid .
Battler213 4/2/2014 1:12:15 PM Report

drdm - I was not speaking of natural resources. Basic economics, look it up.
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