Royal Mail workers announce 19 days of strikes over the coming months

Royal Mail Workers have announced an additional 19 days of strikes as concerns are raised Black Friday and Christmas deliveries.

The Communication Workers Union said workers will end a total of 19 strikes over the next two months after disputes over wages and working conditions worsened.

The industrial action, due to take place in October and November, will be a mix of separate days and ongoing actions across the Royal Mail Group network.

The CWU also said it will have “dramatic implications” and cover peak post times like Black Friday. cyber monday and the Christmas setup.

The move follows a threat centered on Royal Mail Group management’s “outrageous” decision to back out of key national agreements, push ahead with cuts in workers’ working conditions and “completely marginalize” the union, the CWU said .

Dave Ward, General Secretary of the CWU, said: “This is a significant announcement but it reflects the level of anger our members feel at how the Royal Mail Group has treated them.

“The CEO of the Royal Mail Group treats postal workers like they’re stupid.

“These are the same people who have kept the country connected and brought record profits to the Royal Mail Group.

“Postal workers across the UK are now facing the fight of their lives to save their jobs and the services they provide to every UK household and business.

“We call on everyone to stand by their local postal worker.

“If the Royal Mail Group can get away with this, they’ll send the green light to every rogue big business in the UK.

“We will not stand idly by as Royal Mail Group becomes the next P&O, but we need your support to win.”

The news comes before CWU members pull out on September 30 and October 3 after their biggest summer of strikes by rail workers, Openreach engineers, BT call center workers, refuse collectors and lawyers.

What did the Royal Mail say about the strike action?

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “On 22 September, Royal Mail invited the CWU to enter into talks through Acas to find a solution to our dispute over change and payment.

“Rather than responding to our offer of Acas Talks, the CWU tonight announced further harmful industrial action and re-entered the path of extending the suspension of resolution.

“Royal Mail is losing £1m a day and needs to change faster to respond to changing customer demands. We operate in a competitive market and our customers have choices.

“Further strikes and the CWU’s opposition to the transformation will only worsen our financial position and jeopardize the long-term job security of our postmen and women.

“The CWU has a responsibility to recognize the reality of the situation Royal Mail is facing as a company and to advocate urgently for the changes that are needed.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience the ongoing CWU strike will cause. We are doing everything we can to minimize delays and connect people, businesses and the country.” Royal Mail workers announce 19 days of strikes over the coming months

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