UK postal workers will stage another 24 hour strike in their ongoing dispute with Royal Mail over pay and modernisation. Workers in mail centres will walk out from 7pm tonight, followed by action from other groups including delivery drivers at various times over the next week.
Several eBay sellers have reported that items posted at the beginning of the strike period, 31st July and 1st August, are only just being delivered: it seems that mail is being sorted from the top of the pile, not from the bottom. With at least another week’s industrial action to come and no sign of compromise from either side, things can only get worse for those of us who have no choice but to rely on Royal Mail for our deliveries.
A Royal Mail spokesperson said “In taking further strike action the CWU is again failing to grasp or understand the harsh realities of an open postal market and the intensifying competition from other forms of communication, including broadband internet.”
Updated to add an unexpected bit of good news: action has been suspended to allow talks to go ahead. The aim is now to have a deal finalised between RM management and the union by September 4th. Fingers crossed!