Royal Mail have been remarkably strike free for about three years but there’s a chance that this could change for the people of Bristol this Christmas. The CWU says that members at Royal Mail’s South East Bristol Delivery Office have voted by over 80% to take strike action amid allegations of bullying and harassment by managers, who stand accused of breaking national agreements and procedures.
Apparently problems have arisen around revised delivery schedules, where post men and women are struggling to complete their rounds in the time allotted. Local CWU branch secretary Dave Wilshire states that they’re getting daily complaints alleging bullying and harassment.
Talks are still going on with the Royal Mail, but current rules state that following the ballot strike action must be taken within four weeks unless another ballot takes place. If strikes are going to take place that in all likelihood means that they’ll disrupt post in the run up to Christmas.
It should be noted that this is an isolated local issue in the Bristol area and currently there’s no reason to suspect it could spread to other areas of the country.