Letter Carriers at the High River Post Office are taking part in rotating strike action Thursday, October 25

Shop Steward Roanne Newans says they're not walking the picket line for more cash.

"It's not about money. I guess, the money part is done, it's about the health and safety and forced overtime. A lot of the girls, when you do the farm run you get paid for so many hours. So, you get paid for six hours and you might work 10 hours and you don't get paid for that extra four."

striking postal workers oct25 2018 001Shop Steward Roanne Newans says they're not walking the picket line for more money but safer working conditions and better benefits.

In all about a dozen postal workers are doing the rounds with placards at the High River Post Office.

Carrier Laura Gillis says one issue facing RCMC's or "Rural, Suburban Mail Carriers," is they have to use their own vehicles to deliver mail on rural routes and it's costing them money as they can't deduct things like gas and maintenance from taxes, and don't get enough of their expenses covered in their deal with Canada Post.

"We do get a vehicle allowance but it does not cover what it is costing us a year in repairs and gas, because the gas prices have gone up as we all know. It would be wonderful if we could have a vehicle as some other delivery agents do, but we don't as RCMC's. Or at least have some form of better compensation for using our own vehicle."

The striking carriers say they're walking the picket line for better working conditions, a safe work place and better health benefits.


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