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Bills still have to be paid on time during Canada Post strike, say companies

Canada Post may be going on strike, but that doesn't absolve you of your responsibility to pay your bills on time, say companies.

Rogers, Bell, and other major telecommunications companies sent letters to their customers, reminding them that outstanding bills still have to be paid on time. They encouraged customers to check their outstanding balance online and pay via bank, pre-authorized payment, telephone or in-person at corporate stores in order to prevent late fees. 

Reactions among consumers ranged from bemusement to apathy. 

"I received a bill and in big bold letters it said you still have to pay your bill if Canada post does go on strike," wrote a user on a Kids in Victoria web forum. "I LOL because it is a monthly pre-authorized payment but I can understand were they are coming from."

Bob Bourdeau, a retiree in Hamilton, N.S., said in The Spec that he's not worried. “Both of my pensions are direct deposit and all of my bills are done electronically. There are a lot of people like me who do what I do.”

With just hours away from the strike deadline, Canada Post made one last ditch effort to stop the postal workers' union from beginning a series of rotating strikes late Thursday night. So far, talks have been fruitless between the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post President Deepak Chopra. 

The strikes are expected to start at 11:59pm in Winnipeg if the two sides cannot reach an agreement on the new terms that Canada Post proposed late Thursday.

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