Postal workers set for strike action

Author: By Alan Jones, Press Association

The Communication Workers Union said thousands of its members in London and
Edinburgh will walk out tomorrow, while workers in parts of Scotland will
strike on Saturday.

The union accused the Royal Mail of cutting jobs and services which it said
broke a national agreement and threatened modernisation.

Deputy general secretary Dave Ward said: “We are now seeing cuts but not
modernisation in the postal industry and there’s only so long before this is
going have a major impact on services.

“The CWU does not and has not blocked change. Once again we are seeing Royal
Mail working against the union and failing to engage the workforce.

“The company is failing on the big picture. Machinery is not being brought in
and deliveries have not been redesigned.

“We are offering Royal Mail and the Government a three month no-strike deal if
they fulfil the agreement to engage the CWU over modernisation and move to
get the company on a sound footing for the future.”

A company spokesman said: “The Royal Mail urges the CWU to call off its
planned action and honour, as we have done, existing modernisation
agreements signed by the union leadership in the presence of the TUC in 2007
and which has led to the successful introduction of new ways of working in
units across the UK.

“All the union will achieve by strike action is to hurt customers and
undermine our drive to build a successful future for this business and its
people.”

Royal Mail said the three largest offices in London were not involved in the
action, adding that management volunteers would help deliver post in the
capital during the strike.

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