Sep 6, 2019

Royal Mail boss gears up for career-defining battle

An unsteady peace at Royal Mail is in jeopardy as unions threaten the first nationwide strike since the UK postal service was privatised six years ago. The CWU last walked out nationally a decade ago, in an industrial action ballot in 2017, almost nine out of 10 members voted in favour of strikes, although walkouts were averted after Royal Mail secured a court injunction. A founder of German Parcel, a delivery outfit that was sold to Royal Mail in 1999, Mr Back shuns the limelight. The CWU accuses Royal Mail of not honouring the "Spirit and intent" of a wide-ranging labour agreement signed last year. Royal Mail insisted it was fulfilling the agreement and said it had granted the first hour's reduction, despite not achieving all the cost savings needed to pay for it.

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