IN THE MATTER OF the Postal Services Resumption and Continuation Act, S.C. 2018, c.25 The expiry date of the municipal collective operating agreement is January 31, 2018. Also in 2018, the September arbitration verdict put in place a major closure on the key issue of pay equity. As I said, gender equality is a fundamental human right, and that judgment is fundamental to the way we pay for RSMCs. The RSMCs will see their salary increases from the January 2019 judgment. The full vote and payment will be made in the fall of 2019, retroactive to January 2016, in accordance with the judgment and agreements reached by the parties. We had a difficult year in which we worked on all of these issues. While we were on a positive financial path during the first half of the year, we have since lost a significant share of our customer base and parcel volume has not increased as expected. Instead, the quantities of parcels during the holiday period were lower than in the previous year. Across the company, there has been a tremendous amount of work to deal with delays and I would like to thank everyone for their contribution to these efforts. A collective agreement is a written law contract covering workers grouped into a bargaining unit. The contract is concluded through collective bargaining between the union and the employer. The line of application to protect workers from unfair treatment, to have a collective agreement.
It gives us a say in the workplace, allows us to improve our working conditions and provides us with a fair way to address and solve problems in the workplace. If no agreement has been reached before 31 January, the Ombudsman will make recommendations for the resolution of the failures. If they are not adopted by the parties, a binding arbitration procedure would be put in place. We have made many efforts to resolve these negotiations and return to normal operations. We had to find a difficult balance because we also have a duty to keep the postal service strong and financially viable, not only for today, but also for future generations. In our efforts to reach an agreement, we have done everything in our power to be fair to the staff while being accountable. Looking ahead to 2019, I`m thinking about my first year at Canada Post. I know that this great company has a strong future for Canadians. But to succeed, we must find new avenues of cooperation, listen to each other and be open to new solutions. I`m determined to find that path. As the CUPW collective agreement process moves to arbitration, much remains to be done from January to rebuild our future together. Reintroduction of the two collective agreements with CUPW, including all workers` benefits, for the duration of the cooling-off period; There appears to be some uncertainty about the rights in place after the expiry of collective agreements.
The purpose of this bulletin is to clarify the situation. Negotiation sessions are intensifying. We will do everything in our power to reach a collective agreement that will bring together the RSMC and municipal units and improve the working conditions of all workers. The rights defined in both collective agreements continue to apply. Read section 34.03 of the RSMC collective agreement or 43.03 of the municipal collective agreement. The Canadian Labour Code provides that collective agreements apply until the Union obtains the right to strike and the employer the right to lockout. We are not near that stage yet. Sometimes we just need a little help from each other to find our way down this path.