Canada Post back-to-work bill passes key vote

From the CBC:

The Conservative government’s back-to-work bill on the Canada Post labour dispute passed a key hurdle on Saturday, while the Opposition NDP says it will propose changes that could end a three-day impasse in the House of Commons.

The Opposition said it would propose two amendments later Saturday evening for MPs to debate following second reading, which passed in a 158-112 vote. The vote moved the bill to a process known as the committee of the whole, in which amendments can be introduced on the House floor and not at a smaller meeting.

The first would remove clauses in the bill that would force the two sides into a form of binding arbitration known as final offer selection, meaning each side would table its final offer and the arbitrator would pick one or the other. The second would remove the salary provision off the bill, which the NDP said proposes a wage increase lower than what Canada Post had wanted to offer the union.

Full story: Canada Post back-to-work bill passes key vote – Politics – CBC News.

Live CBC coverage of the Commons debate.