(2) Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers Bargaining Unit In 2018, the September arbitration award also reached an important conclusion on the key issue of pay equity. As I said, gender equality is a central human right and this judgment is fundamental to the way we pay MSRs. RSMCs will see their salary increases from the January 2019 judgment. The full comparison and full payment are made until autumn 2019, with retroactive effect until January 2016, in accordance with the judgment and the agreements concluded by the parties. We had a difficult year in which we worked on all these topics. While we were on a positive financial path in the first half of the year, we have lost a significant portion of our customer base since then and parcel volume has not continued to increase as expected. Instead, the quantities of packages during the holiday period were lower than in the previous year. Throughout the company, a huge amount of work has been done to be covered by the backlogs and I would like to thank everyone for their contribution to these efforts. “On June 11, 2020, Mediator and Arbitrator Elizabeth MacPherson delivered her judgment, which serves as the basis for new collective agreements between the Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Postal Workers Union (CUPW). We have made many efforts to resolve these negotiations and return to normal functioning. We have had to find a difficult balance, because we also have an obligation to keep the postal service strong and financially viable, not only for today, but also for future generations.
In our efforts to find the right balance necessary to reach an agreement, we have done everything in our power to be fair to the staff while being accountable. He also urged Canada Post and the urban, rural and suburban workers` bargaining committees to “have discussions with the goal of defining commonalities and solutions that address the sustainability of the retirement plan.” A collective agreement makes a significant contribution to protecting workers from unfair treatment. This gives us a say in the workplace, allows us to improve our working conditions and provides us with a fair way to address and resolve problems in the workplace. Today, the Honourable Minister of Labour Filomena Tassi issued the following statement on collective bargaining between the Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Postal Workers Union: this course outlines changes to the recent collective agreement for urban operations between CUPW and Canada Post. It will be revised with each new contract. This round of collective bargaining is thus concluded for rural and rural postal workers as well as for municipal employees. We hope that the new agreements will serve as a basis for the development of a collaborative working relationship between the parties. If we look at 2019, I think of my first year in Canada post. I realize that this great company has a strong future serving Canadians. But to succeed, we need to find new ways to work together, listen to each other, and be open to new solutions. .