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17 October 2019
 

The Communication Workers Union has announced that its members have voted in favour of a national strike - meaning there is a real prospect of the first UK-wide walkout of postal workers in a decade.

The CWU's (Communication Workers Union) Deputy General Secretary (Postal) Terry Pullinger said: “Just over one year ago the Royal Mail Group Board and the CWU agreed a blueprint agreement for the future, a progressive agreement that included an historic pension solution, a mutual interest driven relationship and a joint vision for a successful postal service with social aims.

"Today the new RMG leadership are breaking that agreement."

 

Royal Mail Group response

A Royal Mail Group spokesperson told ThisWeekinFM: "We want to reach agreement. There are no grounds for industrial action. Industrial action - or the threat of it - is damaging for our business and undermines the trust of our customers.

"A ballot result for industrial action does not necessarily mean there will be industrial action. We are still in mediation with the CWU. Under our Dispute Resolution Procedure, set out in the Agenda for Growth, we are committed to reaching a resolution. No industrial action can be taken and formal notification of industrial action cannot be given, before the conclusion of the Dispute Resolution Procedure.

 

Shredded

CWU General Secretary Dave Ward retorted: “This [strike ballot] result sends a clear message to Royal Mail Group - our members will not stand by as you rip up their terms and conditions and destroy the service they give to the public and businesses of the UK.

"We would urge Royal Mail Group to now enter serious negotiations with this union. We also call on the public to get behind this dispute and their postal workers.”

 

Clarity on vote

It is the Royal Mail Group that provided clarity on the  strength of feeling amongst its own workers in favour of strikes which could also spread to Parcelforce Worldwide. The RMG spokesperson continued: "RMG is very disappointed that the CWU has chosen to ballot for industrial action but we do recognise that CWU members in Royal Mail voted, 97.1 per cent voted in favour of taking industrial action. In two separate ballots for CWU members in Parcelforce Worldwide, outcomes of 95 per cent and 94.7 per cent in favour of industrial action were returned.

 

Transformation

"Royal Mail wants to transform to meet our customers’ changing needs as we post fewer letters and receive more parcels. Working together at pace, the transformation is about ensuring a more sustainable company, a fairer working environment, the best terms and conditions in our industry and a contemporary universal service."

Picture: Royal Mail Group's new electric vehicles may have to stay put if a national strike goes ahead.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 17 October 2019

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