Criticizing postal workers no joke

Dear editor,
I could not disagree more with your June 29 editorial.

Dear editor,

I could not disagree more with your June 29 editorial.

It is hard to decide where to start so I will relate a joke —  a CEO, a voter and a public sector worker sit down at the same table for a meeting.

On the table is a plate with a dozen cookies. The CEO takes 11 of them and then turns to the voter and says, “Watch out! He’s going to steal your cookie.”

The point is that all workers should be making a living wage with half-decent benefits, have access to affordable housing, and at the end of their working lives, have a good pension. It is not ‘other’ workers who are preventing the attaining of those basic rights.

It is the greed of modern corporations who are squeezing every last drop of profit they can get out of all workers. One way of doing that is by keeping people divided and this type of editorial merely promotes that division.

Why not an editorial decrying the fact that only 25 per cent of private sector workers have a workplace pension plan or an editorial in support of the Canadian Labour Congress’s campaign to increase Canada Pension Plan benefits.

I will leave you with another anecdote — remember that time when nurses, teachers, postal workers, and hospital workers recklessly crashed Wall Street, demanded billions in bailouts and still took more millions in bonuses.

No, I don’t remember that either.

By the way, Canada Post is not taxpayer-funded. It is a Crown Corporation and has made a profit the past 16 years and in fact pays an average of $200 million a year to the federal government.

Brian Charlton,

Comox Valley

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