CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary employees were ordered to walk off the job at 6 p.m. Wednesday night as part of the Canada Post rotating strikes.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) made the announcement over its website earlier in the day to report to their locals along with members from Kelowna and Toronto.The move comes after the federal government had named a special mediator earlier in the day in hopes of ending this job action.“There will be no delivery of mail or parcels or pick-ups,” said Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton. “There will likely be pickets set up at our facilities, the rest of our network will remain open but we’ll wait to see where they shut down but you can count on the mail processing facility, the depot, and the post offices.”Hamilton says service will resume as soon as the workers return to the job after that 24 hour period.“Negotiations continue, we have a good offer on the table with wage increases, benefit improvements, job security and no concessions or rollbacks whatsoever,” he said. “Rotating strikes are having an impact on our customers, we’re trying to do everything we can to minimize them and catch up once they end but it is an inconvenience for our customers and we’re doing our best to reduce that inconvenience.”The union has several things it says it wants to be addressed, including job security through the creation of full-time positions.They also want issues addressed concerning parcel deliveries and health concerns around what it deems as precarious work.“We never know, hopefully, it’ll be over soon,” said Casey Hutsul from the picket line. “It’s dead, maybe it’ll last a couple days we’re hoping.”“We’re trying to get the employer to negotiate,” said Anna Beale, Executive Vice-President of the Calgary local of the Candian Union of Postal Workers. “And they just seem to have, I don’t know if it’s come to a standstill or they want someone else to push them but we’re here to say we want you to negotiate properly and fairly.”Beale says they are in favour of the increased workload they’re seeing with parcel delivery but it has to be done safely.“We’re also looking at making it a better pay equity system … we’re trying to get it so whoever does the same work gets the same pay.”Canada Post has warned customers there could be delays as these walkouts continue.CUPW represents 50,000 employees nationwide.