POSTAL WORKERS in Rugby are to ballot on strikes over pay.
CWU union reps said ballot papers were being sent out to 179 members who work in the town’s Mill Road delivery office.
As in other parts of the country, Rugby postal workers are angry over the implementation of the new single delivery system.
The workers were promised a weekly bonus of £26.28 a week if they could meet new targets, making their weekly wage £300.
Royal Mail bosses promised the extra cash would be triggered if workers met targets for four weeks running.
But Coventry and Warwickshire CWU delivery representative Dave Hatton says the use of casual workers—who were not used to the job—meant the office had not met targets.
On one occasion a job which would take an experienced worker eight hours had taken casual staff almost 24 hours.
He says, “It is not the postal workers’ fault—it is the fault of the managers. In a lot of other places in the country the system has fallen apart.”
The workers want the bonus awarded and the system altered so the work of casual staff does not affect the target.
DELIVERY TARGETS and bonuses are also behind a strike ballot by over 40 CWU members at the Seacroft delivery office in Leeds.
Single deliveries were introduced at the depot over a month ago, and this has made the job more difficult. They face heavier bags and longer walks.
Despite this, the workers met the new targets. But the bonus was not paid.
Workers have responded by walking out unofficially for five days in the last two weeks.
One worker told Socialist Worker, “We start at 5am and sort until 7am. We then get a chance to go to the toilet. We don’t get another break until 1pm.”
Other sorting offices in Leeds have also had unofficial walkouts. Workers at Bramley walked out on Monday of last week in protest at the same measures.
In York postal workers have won the £26 a week rise after a wildcat strike and sit-ins, followed by an official ballot.
by PAULA CHAMPION, BEN DRAKE and TONY WALKER