WHAT IS A CODE OF CONDUCT?
(Direct quote from Canada Post Code of Conduct)
A code of conduct is a set of rules and guidelines that support and promote ethical behaviour and decision making.
The code of conduct outlines the responsibilities of a company and its employees.
The Canada Post Code of Conduct is based on our corporate values and policies as well as the practices
and ethical behaviours that define the standards of business conduct to which we hold ourselves and
As an employee I have done my part. I followed the Canada Post Code of Conduct.
I reported the unsafe conditions as per point 4.1 e of the code.
Canada Post’s Code of Conduct point 4 states;
How We Act as Colleagues and as an Employer
Canada Post believes everyone deserves a safe, respectful, inclusive and violence-free workplace
that is consistent with its corporate values.
4.1 We take responsibility for safety
All employees are responsible for ensuring that Canada Post has a safe work environment. Safety
performance improves when we accept responsibility for our own safety and each other’s.
I t is your responsibility to
a) follow Canada Post’s safety policies, procedures and rules at all times;
b) perform your work safely and monitor the safety of co-workers and visitors;
c) use and wear all safety equipment required for your job;
d) stay alert while being on Canada Post premises and conducting Canada Post business;
e) report all incidents, injuries and unsafe conditions and behaviours in a timely manner.
I have also complied with the employee duties under paragraph 126 of the Canada Labour Code, as it states;
Duties of Employees
(1) While at work, every employee shall
(g) report to the employer any thing or circumstance in a work place that is likely to be hazardous to the health or safety of the employee, or that of the other employees or other persons granted access to the work place by the employer;
(2) Nothing in subsection (1) relieves an employer from any duty imposed on the employer under this Part.
Canada Post has failed to comply with its own code of conduct and violated whistleblowing policy.
Canada Post Policy;
Canada Post is committed to the highest standards of business conduct. Employees are expected to comply with Canada Post’s Code of Conduct and the policies and practices it represents.
What is Whistleblowing?
Whistleblowing was established for employees to disclose potential wrongdoings in the workplace and to provide an environment for disclosing such wrongdoings that is free from fear of reprisal. The Canada Post whistleblowing policy is aligned with the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA) which defines wrongdoing as:
- Violating any federal or provincial law or regulations;
- Misusing public funds or assets;
- Gross mismanagement in the public sector;
- Doing something or failing to do something that creates a significant and specific danger to the health, safety or life of persons or to the environment;
- Seriously breaching the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and/or Canada Post’s Code of Conduct; and
- Knowingly directing or counselling a person to commit a serious wrongdoing
Under the Act, reprisal means any measures taken against and employee who has made a protected disclosure or has, in good faith, cooperated in an investigation into a disclosure. It can include any measures that could adversely affect the employment or working conditions of the person, or a threat to take any of these measures or to direct a person to do so.
Who can report a wrongdoing?
Employees are encouraged to report serious wrongdoings without fear of reprisal. We will investigate these alleged wrongdoings and will maintain the confidentiality of information reported to the extent reasonably practicable.
Canada Post Corporation has a responsibility under the Canada Labour Code to protect health and safety of every person employed.
Paragraph 124 and 125 clearly states that;
Duties of Employers
- Every employer shall ensure that the health and safety at work of every person employed by the employer is protected.
- (1) Without restricting the generality of section 124, every employer shall, in respect of every work place controlled by the employer and, in respect of every work activity carried out by an employee in a work place that is not controlled by the employer, to the extent that the employer controls the activity,
(c) investigate, record and report in the manner and to the authorities as prescribed all accidents, occupational diseases and other hazardous occurrences known to the employer;
(t) ensure that the machinery, equipment and tools used by the employees in the course of their employment meet prescribed health, safety and ergonomic standards and are safe under all conditions of their intended use;
(z.02) respond as soon as possible to reports made by employees under paragraph 126(1)(g);
Canada Post has chosen to disregard paragraphs 124, 125 of the Canada Labour Code.
Canada Post Corporation has clearly demonstrated that they have violated Canada Labour Code before and they are not afraid to do it again.
CPC have violated the paragraph 147 under the code (with the suspension and reprisal action taken against me for filing the Safety Hazard Report).
Canada Labour Code
General prohibition re employer
- No employer shall dismiss, suspend, lay off or demote an employee, impose a financial or other penalty on an employee, or refuse to pay an employee remuneration in respect of any period that the employee would, but for the exercise of the employee’s rights under this Part, have worked, or take any disciplinary action against or threaten to take any such action against an employee because the employee
- (a) has testified or is about to testify in a proceeding taken or an inquiry held under this Part;
- (b) has provided information to a person engaged in the performance of duties under this Part regarding the conditions of work affecting the health or safety of the employee or of any other employee of the employer; or
- (c) has acted in accordance with this Part or has sought the enforcement of any of the provisions of this Part.
Dear reader, now that you briefly familiarize yourself with the situation let me ask my question again;
Is Canada Post unaware of its own polices and Canadian laws?