The Communication Workers’ Union has announced further strikes commencing next Monday (15th October). The action will cover various parts of Royal Mail’s operations for 24 hour periods between 6pm Monday and 2pm Friday.
Talks between the CWU and RM have broken down without agreement, though there is perhaps a glimmer of hope in the union’s comment that “real progress has been made in many areas”. The union state that support amongst their membership has been “overwhelming”: on the other hand, Royal Mail say “there continues to be an increase in our operational staff attending work”.
RM advise that currently Special Delivery is being delivered. A backlog of other mail is building up, which will be dealt with in sequential order (i.e. in the order it was posted). “We will do our best to return to normal as soon as possible but customers should expect significant delays.”
With regards to the actual terms of the dispute, the CWU have now been offered a 6.9% pay increase over the next two years, which is a significant improvement on RM’s original offer. However, they have chosen to reject this because the offer “is subject to linking unacceptable strings including a reduction in pensions benefits”.