Mr. John C. Crosbie (St. John's West):
Mr. Speaker, I rise to move a motion on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity under the provisions of Standing Order 43 for which I ask the unanimous consent of the House. My motion is in connection with a serious situation at St. John's and Mount Pearl post offices in Newfoundland where members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers went on strike last Monday afternoon at 3.20 p.m. and are continuing their strike despite the fact that a collective agreement is in force and the law prohibits such a strike during the term of an agreement. There are now some 12,000 unemployment insurance cheques totalling $2 million caught in the mail. Old age pensions, veterans cheques and social assistance cheques are scheduled to be delivered Monday but will be delayed if this strike continues. 1 therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Parry Sound-Mus-koka (Mr. Darling):
That this House urge the Postmaster General to use every possible means to bring this illegal work stoppage to a halt immediately by way of obtaining a court injunction or otherwise and urge the postal clerks involved to return to work so that the severe hardship caused members of the general public, including those dependent upon unemployment insurance cheques, old age security, veterans cheques and other social assistance cheques through the mails, will cease.
Subtopic: POST OFFICE
Sub-subtopic: REQUEST FOR ACTION TO SETTLE STRIKE AT ST. JOHN'S AND MOUNT PEARL, NEWFOUNDLAND-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43