Oct 29, 2019

Royal Mail makes fresh plea to avoid Christmas strikes

Royal Mail has made a desperate plea to trade union bosses to restart talks in a bid to avoid nationwide strikes at Christmas. Strikes in the run-up to Christmas could wreak havoc on deliveries of cards and gifts and hand an advantage to Royal Mail's rivals in the parcels market, which include DPD, Hermes and Yodel. These words fool nobody," the CWU wrote on Twitter, adding that its executive would meet tomorrow and respond to Royal Mail. One possibility is that Royal Mail will take legal action to prevent walkouts, such as in 2017 when it obtained an injunction forcing the CWU back to talks. Separately, members of the Unite union last week agreed to a pay deal covering 6,500 junior and middle managers at Royal Mail.

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