Postal workers to strike again

PUBLISHED: 17:30 11 September 2013

Postal workers plan to take more strike action

Postal workers plan to take more strike action

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POSTAL workers in Weston have announced they are striking again.

Members of the Communication Workers’ Union based at the Warne Road depot have voted to go on strike tomorrow (Wednesday).

This strike is the latest in an ongoing dispute between the workers and their managers.

The union’s regional official Rob Wotherspoon said: “The members at Weston have got concerns around a number of issues, including allegations of bullying and harassment from managers, and generally having overloaded postal deliveries.

“Nothing has been done about it. That reached breaking point a few months ago, and the union decided to ballot and take strike action.

“Since that point, although some progress has been made, we still feel we are a long distance away from solving it.

“We have made an offer to Royal Mail, saying we will postpone the strike if they are prepared to make a bit of ground and give us some assurance over the cases that are going on.

“If not, the strike will go ahead. The clock is ticking and the ball is in their court.

“We will postpone it if they agree to solve some issues in the short term.”

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “It is disappointing that our colleagues have decided to take further industrial action in Weston tomorrow and we will do everything we can to minimise the disruption to our customers.

“Royal Mail is fully committed to the process of trying to resolve concerns of postal workers based in these offices by continuing to follow the national jointly agreed framework with the Communication Workers Union.”

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