Dec 9, 2022
Royal Mail workers begin wave of festive strikes
Postal workers at Royal Mail have begun a wave of strikes in the run-up to Christmas in a row over pay and conditions. The walkouts involving 115,000 workers will hit deliveries across the UK, Royal Mail said. Talks have broken down between the union and Royal Mail, a spokesman said, adding that Royal Mail managers are "Refusing to budge with their 'best and final' offer". A Royal Mail spokesman said: "We spent three more days at Acas this week to discuss what needs to happen for the strikes to be lifted."In the end, all we received was another request for more pay, without the changes needed to fund the pay offer," the spokesman said, adding that the union "knows full well" that the business is losing more than £1m a day. The dispute began this summer after Royal Mail rejected union demands for a pay rise that matched inflation - the rate at which prices rises - which is currently 11.1%. Royal Mail has been struggling as it moves from its traditional business of delivering letters - which is no longer profitable - to the fast-growing world of parcel deliveries.
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