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900 postal workers strike in Stoke

Delivery offices across the Stoke region stopped work on Saturday

Issue No. 2030

Hundreds of postal workers in the Stoke area struck today (Saturday) in a dispute about full-time posts being turned to part-time.

More than 900 workers were involved in the official action which affected services at 11 delivery offices – Biddulph, Burslem, Cheadle, Kidsgrove, Leek, Longton, Stoke, Stafford, Stockton Brook, Uttoxeter and Werrington.

Malcolm Brundrett, CWU union area representative said, “Royal Mail is planning to reduce these vacancies to part-time to make efficiency savings.

“This is a local situation, but it’s part of Royal Mail’s national policy and although there are no exact figures about the number of vacancies affected we are striking as we believe they have not consulted with the unions fully, as they are obliged to do.

“They want to make the changes, then talk about them later. We can’t rule out further strike action if nothing changes.

'Strike action is the only way we can get Royal Mail to sit down and talk to us.'

With strikes planned at several other offices before Christmas, the Stoke strike underlines the need for the union to discuss national action against Royal Mail’s attacks.

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Sat 9 Dec 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2030
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