MONTREAL - Canada Post’s decision to stop delivering mail to Canadians’ doors has prompted many carriers to quit, often just a few years short of retirement, QMI Agency has learned.
Resignation letters from carriers and post-office workers suggest the cuts announced late last year have shattered morale among some workers at the Crown corporation.
Montreal-based post office clerk Pier Alberto Pierini quit Canada Post on Dec. 23 after eight years on the job.
“Savage restructuring of branches cuts off customer service and it puts more pressure on employees,” he wrote in his resignation letter.
“My office has become unhealthy and inhumane over time.”
A Montreal mail carrier wrote in his resignation letter last week that he “handed in my bag and jacket at the depot.”
Canada Post announced last month that it will be phasing out door-to-door delivery in favour of community mailboxes as it faces hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.
The shift to community mailboxes will affect roughly five million Canadians in mostly urban areas who still get mail at the door.
The changes will be phased in over five years, beginning in late 2014.
The Crown corporation attempted to downplay the resignations, saying it’s part of normal staff turnover.
“It’s a shame to hear this news, but it’s nothing exceptional,” the agency said in a statement.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers plans to hold a demonstration in Ottawa on Jan. 26 in front of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office.
It says it might stage nationwide pressure tactics the day after the protest.