Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am pleased to present a petition signed by 27 residents of the greater Montreal area, including the riding of Verchères—Les-Patriotes, which I have the honour to represent in this House.
The petitioners point out that rural route mail couriers cannot resort to collective bargaining to improve their salaries and working conditions.
All too often, these workers earn less than minimum wage and their working conditions are those of an era we thought was gone forever. By contrast, their private sector colleagues who also deliver the mail in rural areas enjoy the right to collective bargaining, like Canada Post employees.
The petitioners therefore ask parliament to repeal subsection 13(5) of the Canada Post Corporation Act, which deprives rural route mail couriers of their right to collective bargaining.
It seems obvious to me that the government must take action as quickly as possible to end the discrimination that continues to exist against rural route mail couriers.