Royal Mail workers vote for strike action

After 91.7% of Communications Workers Union (CWU) members voted for industrial action, Royal Mail faces a national strike. This follows several walkouts across the country at local depots as management and staff have clashed.

At ParcelForce Worldwide, CW members voted twice for strike action with votes in favour 95% and 94.7% respectively.

The threat of industrial action at Royal Mail comes over job security and the new terms and conditions of their employment.

CWU General Secretary Dave Ward said “The workforce has completely rejected the company’s plans to set up a separate parcels business and allow UK postal services and thousands upon thousands of jobs to wither on the vine”. He also highlighted other failures of management/staff relations including increased workload pressures that were driven by technology.

“This dispute goes to the heart of everything that is wrong in today’s world of work,” the general secretary continued, vowing to “fight the board’s asset-stripping plans, not just through strike action, but by speaking directly to major shareholders, politicians and the public.”

Royal Mail stated: “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.

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