It is a VERY rare occurrence when I agree with any union organization who are generally about getting more, more, more for their mostly well paid members, but on this one I cannot but help agree.....
OTTAWA - Canadians have flooded their Members of Parliament with
messages in support of postal banking after Canada’s six biggest
banks reported a combined profit of $10.4 billion last
is the most profitable industry in Canada, but Canadians pay some of
the highest bank fees in the world, averaging $185 per user per year.
Calls to bring back postal banking are gaining momentum as the
Liberals’ public review of the post office enters its second phase
of consultation. After bank profits were announced last week,
thousands sent messages to their MPs in support of a postal banking
“These profits could be used to reduce the sky-high banking fees
we pay in Canada. But because the big banks have cornered the market,
they’re charging us more than ever,” said Dru Oja Jay, Executive
Director at Friends of Public Services.
“Postal banking would be a powerful, low-cost alternative.
And profits earned by postal banking could help keep the post office
thriving as a public service and bring returns to communities,”
said Mike Palecek, CUPW national president.
The action was coordinated by Delivering Community Power, a
campaign backed by over fifty labour, environmental social justice
and anti-poverty organizations that envisions a revitalized postal
network with postal banking and expanded services to address Canada’s
climate and economic challenges.
"We support postal banking for its potential to address
economic inequality and climate change in Canada. Affordable
banking, investment in local clean energy projects, and better
services for rural communities and First Nations -- let’s make the
connections and make it happen.” says Avi Lewis of the Delivering
Community Power coalition.
Postal banking is supported by the postal workers’ unions,
anti-poverty and community groups, and over 600 municipalities across
the country. It’s already instituted in many parts of the world and
existed in Canada until 1969.
has been proposed before to enhance services in small rural
communities where all such things are gradually being 'centralized'
away to the urban centres. Of course when the unionized postal
employees go on strike and you cant get at your money it could be a
bit of a problem?
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