Oct 21, 2019

Royal Mail stand-off deepens as Christmas looms

Moments later the auditorium erupted, after it was announced that members of the Communication Workers Union had overwhelmingly voted for industrial action at Royal Mail. As electronic communication steadily kills off paper correspondence, Royal Mail is betting that the growth of parcel deliveries that has come with ecommerce will ensure its survival. "It could be very damaging for Royal Mail because you could potentially lose business and not win it back again [as] competitors will fill the void," said one former senior figure at the company. The 97.1 per cent vote for industrial action, on a three-quarters turnout of 110,000 members, points to the strength of feeling among Royal Mail employees. Recent history suggests that Royal Mail will ultimately push back against the prospect of a strike.

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