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Runcorn postal workers vote not to work on Good Friday

Issue No. 2043

Staff at Runcorn Royal Mail delivery office in Cheshire have voted not to work on Good Friday.

Until 2001 normal delivery patterns were followed all over the country with staff being offered the option of time and a half with a day in lieu, or double time and a half for working Good Friday.

Good Friday deliveries were scrapped in order to save money with offices being manned by a skeleton staff, sorting mail for the next day’s delivery.

CWU members at Runcorn took the decision that this was not good enough and that it should be a case of “all in or none in” and have not worked on Good Friday since.

At a recent meeting staff voted to continue that stance.

One postal worker said, “The feeling was that if other delivery offices took a similar stance, management would have backed down by now. We don’t see why we should have to fund yet another financial cock-up by managers who then decide only a handful of workers should enjoy what was once universal.”

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Sat 24 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2043
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