Royal Mail workers announce 19 new post strikes

Image above: Chiswick’s Royal Mail Enquiry Office during a strike earlier this year

Strikes likely to have “dramatic impact” on Black Friday, Cyber Monday & Christmas post

Royal Mail workers are to strike for a further 19 days across October and November in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said the action by its members will have a “dramatic impact” on peak mail periods such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the lead-up to Christmas.

Royal Mail Group said further strikes would make its financial position worse and threaten workers’ job security.

Strike action has been called for 24 hours from 4.00am on various days starting on Thursday 13 October. The strike action will be taken by all workers on 13, 20, and 25 October, and 28 November.

Different teams and combinations of teams will strike on other dates, but that will have a knock-on effect on all deliveries on those dates, the CWU spokesman said.

Image above: a Royal Mail worker; library image

Strikes represent level of anger which members feel towards Royal Mail Group

Royal Mail workers staged strike action over three days in August and September. The CWU general secretary, Dave Ward, said:

“This is a significant announcement, but it is one which matches the level of anger our members feel at the way Royal Mail Group has treated them.”

“The chief executive of Royal Mail Group is treating postal workers as if they are stupid. These are the same people that have kept the country connected and returned Royal Mail Group to record profit.”

“These are the same people that have kept the country connected and returned Royal Mail Group to record profit… Postal workers across the UK now face the fight of their lives to save their jobs and the service they provide to every household and business in the UK.

“We call on everyone to stand with their local postal worker.”

Image above: a worker amongst Royal Mail vans; library image

Strikes will exacerbate Royal Mail’s apparent financial woes, says spokesperson

A Royal Mail spokesperson said on 22 September it invited CWU to enter into talks through Acas, the arbitration service, to find a resolution to our dispute on change and pay. The spokesperson added:

“This evening, rather than responding to our offer of Acas talks, the CWU announced further damaging industrial action, once again taking the path of prolonging disruption over resolution.

“Royal Mail is losing £1m a day and must change faster in response to changing customer demands. We operate in a competitive market, and our customers have choices.

“Further strikes and resistance to transformation by CWU will only make our financial position worse, and threatens the long-term job security of our postmen and women.

“The CWU has a responsibility to recognise the reality of the situation Royal Mail faces as a business and engage urgently on the changes required.

“We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience the CWU’s continued strike action will cause. We are doing all we can to minimise any delays and keep people, businesses and the country connected.”

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