Royal Mail staff vote to strike


Royal Mail workers have voted to strike for 48 hours, starting on the 19th of October, in a conflict over pay, pensions and jobs.

The Communications Workers Union said it had informed the Royal Mail Group of its plan for 111,000 postal workers to take strike action. It follows a successful 89.1% vote in favour of industrial action announced by the union on Thursday.

Royal Mail has stated it will use all legal measures available, including applying for a High Court injunction, to prevent the walkout.

The FTSE 250-listed company called for further talks with the CWU, adding: “We believe any strike action before the dispute resolution procedures have been followed would be unlawful.”

The CWU vote, which had a 73.7% turnout, is the first major ballot since the introduction of the Trade Union Act, which requires a 50% turnout.

The union did not rule out further strike action in addition to the 48-hour walkout later this month.

CWU deputy general secretary Terry Pullinger said it had been in negotiations with the company for 18 months.

“Royal Mail Group management have clearly moved away from the spirit and intent of our agreements and the empty promises of privatisation, and have suffered a huge vote of no confidence from their employees and CWU members as a consequence,” he said.

Originally posted 2017-10-06 15:14:11.