Postal Workers Ready to Strike

Postal strikesPostal workers are readying themselves for a 48 hour strike if last minute talks between the Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union do not reach a settlement.

The strikes, planned to start from noon today, will go ahead as planned if the dispute over pay and conditions is not resolved.

The postal strike action is over pay & conditions and union fears of job losses. The CWU rejects Royal Mail’s offer of a 2.5% pay offer and believes that plans for modernising the postal service will put 40,000 jobs at risk.

The Royal Mail, on the other hand, is concerned with its ability to compete in a postal system that has seen a number of changes over the last few years with private companies offering similar services.

If Monday’s 48-hour postal strike goes ahead the situation is not resolved the CWU plans for its 130,000 postal workers to strike every Monday until the dispute is resolved.

Royal Mail is requesting that no mail is posted during the strike period to avoid a back-log of deliveries and that any mail that is sent is taken to Post Office branches which will be open as usual.

A spokesperson for the mail watchdog Postwatch said that any mail posted in the UK today "is unlikely to be delivered before Thursday next week".

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