The postal workers’ union will announce more strikes after failing to come to an agreement with Royal Mail. The union said that while progress has been made in some areas, including an improved pay offer of 6.7% over two years “with additional lump sums”, it was not enough to avert industrial action. The union executive will meet on Monday to finalise their decision.
Royal Mail have said they are “disappointed that … the Communication Workers Union continues to ignore the stark challenges facing the company and refuses to agree a way forward for the business”. With the Christmas spendy season just around the corner, the most important time of the year is approaching for many businesses: if we cannot rely on Royal Mail to make our deliveries in a timely manner, more of us than ever will be looking to Royal Mail’s competitors for business.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll keep saying it until Dave Ward and his colleagues face up to the realities of postal services in the twenty-first century, the CWU are about to strike their members out of their jobs.