RM strike dates announced

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The postal workers’ union have announced what is effectively a five-day strike in their ongoing dispute with Royal Mail. Billed as “two 48 hour strikes”, workers will walk out on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October, and again on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th. Obviously one Sunday will not be enough time to recover from the first stoppage, however much overtime greedy union bosses negotiate for their members. CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward called the strike “a proportionate response to an employer that is completely out of control.”

In a statement, Royal Mail said “The union’s unrealistic and unreasonable demands show how the CWU leadership has again failed to understand that no change is not an option and that talking shops will not secure the future of the Royal Mail.” Royal Mail also offer some advice for businesses affected by the strike.

I can only hope that workers see how wrong their union is on this issue. Perhaps the prospect of the loss of nearly a week’s pay will bring them to their senses in a way that the previous strikes, designed to minimise the impact on workers while maximising disruption, did not.

4 Responses

  1. Oh deep joy! ๐Ÿ™
    My aim over the next few months will be to erradicate light items that have to be sent by Royal Mail and switch even more to courier based deliveries. It’s beyond a joke, in fact the only joke is the union bosses who are living in cloud cuckoo land!

  2. It’ll be interesting to see how many workers actually do strike. Anyone with half a brain cell can see the union is on a suicide mission that will do nothing but destroy both RM and their workers jobs.

    I wonder if the union bosses will give up four days pay to show solidarity with their workers? some how I think not. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I didn’t so much mind the postal workers striking when Royal Mail was publicly owned. Costs were kept to a minimum.. being a postie was a respectable profession.

    I think that now costs have more than doubled and fat executives are creaming huge salaries and expense bills from the profits, it rankles somewhat to see a privately owned monopoly not brought to account by the government for not heading off this strike.

    And I don’t care how much of a union man you are, you don’t give up a weeks pay unless you’re extremely unhappy with the current situation.

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