Christmas post chaos feared as Royal Mail staff vote to strike over festive season

Christmas post chaos feared as Royal Mail staff vote to strike over festive season

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POSTIES have voted to bring havoc to Christmas with a strike in a dispute over conditions, pay and bullying.

The result of a ballot of 110,000 members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) backed a strike by a massive 97 per cent.

Posties are set to bring havoc to Christmas with a strike in a dispute over conditions, pay and bullying
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Royal Mail staff agreed to walk out either over Christmas in the “fight of our lives”.

The strike is the latest blow for the formerly state-owned giant which is struggling to compete with the likes of Hermes and -.

Union bosses fear the 503-year-old company is trying to scrap rules which means it must deliver to every address in the UK six days a week for a set price.


They say dropping to a five-day week would cost 20,000 jobs but the company denies any plan to do so, The Sunday Times reports.

An attempt to save money by issuing 70,000 scanners to workers in 2015 was also met with anger by the union who were concerned about the devices’ ability to track staff.

General Secretary Dave Ward said: “This 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 your postal workers.

“We are very proud of our members today. They have stood by their union in record numbers and given hope to workers across the nation.”


     

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