postal workers vote for pre-Christmas strike
postal workers have this week voted to join a nationwide strike
in the run-up to Christmas that could affect festive deliveries
planned nationwide industrial action has been sparked by a bitter
pay and pensions dispute - the first since Royal Mail was privatised
four years ago.
first two-day strike is set to take place on Thursday 19th October
with further action being planned.
Penfold, Burnham-On-Sea's representative for the Communication Workers
Union (CWU) said there is unanimous support for the action.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "No-one wants to see a strike in Burnham
or elsewhere, we want senior management to sit down for talks."
Royal Mail was privatised in 2013, the business has been run to
keep shareholders and hedge funds happy by maximizing profit margins
want to move many staff, including many here in Burnham onto a basic
pension scheme, which would see some postal workers losing £7,000
a year. That's unaccetable and senior management are not listening."
are also pushing for later delivery times in the day, expecting
some staff to go out again after spending six or seven hours walking
on their feet delivering mail. On top of that they are proposing
to remove sick pay after eight weeks altogether which for those
on long-term illness would be devastating."
added: "Here in Burnham-On-Sea, there has been been almost
unanimous backing for action - a petition was signed by all staff
earlier in the year calling for talks to show we're serious. Many
of the Royal Mail managers here in Burnham also signed it as we're
all in the same boat."
the senior management will sit down and discuss the issues to avoid
a strike - no-one wants a strike if it can be avoided."
Communication Workers Union (CWU) says the concerns are Royal Mail's
"attack on the pension rights of hard-working postmen and women"
as well as its "refusal" to engage over pay, working hours,
future job security and the need to improve and grow the service.
first two-day strike is set to take place on Thursday 19th October.
Mail says: "There are no grounds for industrial action. We
want to reach an agreement."
believes the dispute is subject to legally binding contractual resolution
procedures which are likely to last until Christmas and maybe beyond.
dispute resolution procedures must be followed. The union cannot
take industrial action until they have been completed," Royal
CWU said this week that 73.7% of its 110,000 members voted in its
strike ballot this week nationally, with 89% backing a strike. The
union said its postal executive will meet later this week to work
out the potential strike dates.
row has been building since Royal Mail announced it will close its
current defined benefit pension scheme in March 2018. The company
claimed that if it did not, its current annual contribution of £400m
a year would eventually rise to £1.26bn.
Mail has subsequently offered workers new defined contribution-based
schemes with the aim of keeping its contributions at about £400m.
All have been rejected.