Around 50 postal workers at Kirkby delivery office on Merseyside walked out unofficially on Thursday of last week. They returned to work on Tuesday this week.
Mike Yarwood, the CWU union’s area delivery rep, told Socialist Worker, “This was a spontaneous action, not one organised by the union. Our members were concerned about how procedures were being implemented.
“We have now been assured that the correct procedures will be implemented as agreed. If this does not happen, we have decided that there will be an official strike ballot.”
Even though the union repudiated the strike, Mike has had his facility time taken away by Royal Mail as a punishment.
Royal Mail delivery workers in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, walked out last week in a battle over “longs and shorts” (different length working days). Restructuring the way these are organised is defined in national agreements as a “major change” that has to be negotiated with the union.
This had not happened.
Around 100 postal workers at Bristol’s north delivery office have voted for strikes over unagreed changes to conditions.