Virden Postal workers picketed in front of the post office Monday morning. Shop steward Tanya Hicks said Virden employees are under the Brandon Local CUPW. It is a rotating strike and in Virden, staff take their direction from Brandon. She could not sayif or when further picketing will take place.
Hicks said that while negotiations with the Crown corporation are in the works, at this point, “What little they have given us is not enough.”
Matters of health and safety are part of the discussion. Hicks says the Virden post office also needs more inside staff. She said, “The community feels the pinch.”
There used to be four full-time staff and now it is down to three full-time and one part-time staff.
Meanwhile, although letter mail has been on the decrease, parcel mail increased by 24 per cent this last year.