UK post workers are striking over a worsening dispute about pay and working conditions.
According to CWU general secretary Dave Ward “Posties are in the fight of their lives against the Uberisation of Royal Mail and the destruction of their conditions. But 115,000 of our members will not just accept this war on their livelihoods and their industry.”
In response, a spokesman for Royal Mail spokesman stated “On Monday October 31, Royal Mail proposed a new pay-for-change offer to the CWU worth nine per cent over two years, despite making a loss of £219 million in the first half of the year. The CWU have been in talks with us at Acas and claim they are open to change but they now need to show it. Instead, the CWU have announced four days of strike action which will damage our business further at our busiest time of year. The CWU is playing a dangerous game with its members’ jobs and the future of Royal Mail. We urge CWU to withdraw these strikes for the good of our customers and our people. We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience the CWU’s continued strike action will cause. We are doing all we can to minimise delays and keep people, businesses and the country connected.”
Royal Mail has advised that disruptions are likely and staff will not be delivering letters, with the exception of those sent with Special Delivery, but it cannot guarantee they will arrive.
The strikes are planned for the following days:-
Thursday 24 November
Friday 25 November (Black Friday)
Monday 28 November (Cyber Monday)
Wednesday 30 November
Thursday 1 December