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Unofficial post strike in Wallasey

Issue No. 2165

POSTAL workers in Wallasey have walked out on strike unofficially this week.

Around 65 workers staged a strike at Wallasey's main sorting office in Liscard Village on Monday and Tuesday. They have given no indication of when they intend to return to work.

One worker says, “The Royal Mail are trying to use bully boy tactics on us and we’re just not having it. There’s always been a lot of goodwill that goes into this job and they're essentially taking that away.

“They’re cutting seven posts but still expect the same amount of work to be done. It’s fundamentally unfair and they haven’t consulted properly. There hasn’t even been any voluntary redundancy packages offered so it’s not as if people can even consider that option. It’s affecting some of the longer-term workers here quite badly.”

Another postal worker reports:

'We asked to be balloted but this was and still is going to be included in the national ballot, the reason being that our ballot is so close to the national and it was a way of us not losing too much money.

“But sadly our hand was forced when we arrived at work on Monday to find all fittings had changed, five walks and a driving duty had gone and management had chosen our duties for us instead of going down the seniority list. The union has been present everyday and have been very strong so not got a problem with that.

“Also we had been served with 28 days notice of executive action but all changes were implemented before the time scale was up!!

“I think now we have actually reached a point of not caring whether it stays un-official or official. What we have suggested to senior management for a return to work is not unreasonable but they are digging in their heels – will have to see what tomorrow holds.”


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Tue 18 Aug 2009, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2165
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