Royal Mail union threatens more strike action

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The possibility of a Royal Mail strike is once again raising its ugly head. RM managers have voted to reject planned changes to their pension scheme, and their union have said they will consider a ballot on industrial action if Royal Mail do not reconsider their proposals.

Unite’s National Secretary Paul Reuter said, “I believe that it is not in the best interests of our members, the business or the customer to rush into a further period of industrial unrest.” But Unite’s statement went on to say “If Royal Mail do not respond to the clear view of their staff then Unite will be left with no choice than to consider balloting for industrial action.”

Proposed changes will see the value of pensions cut for new and current members, and the retirement age raised. They were rejected by 85% of those who voted.

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