Oct 15, 2019

Royal Mail union votes in favour of strike action

Royal Mail is facing its first national postal strike in a decade after staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action. More than 97% of votes by members of the Communication Workers Union backed a strike. Terry Pullinger, deputy general secretary of the CWU, accused Royal Mail of breaking the "Progressive" agreement that it reached with the union a year ago. The CWU's general secretary, Dave Ward, urged Royal Mail to enter "Serious negotiations" with the union. Strikes at the privatised postal service were averted last year after Royal Mail agreed to raise pay, reform pensions and reduce weekly working hours from 39 to 35 by 2022, subject to productivity improvements.

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