More than 800 postal workers struck on Saturday in the Stoke area in a battle to stop full time jobs being changed to part time. Another strike is set for tomorrow (Monday).
There is national procedure which is supposed to stop bosses changing full time vacancies to part time unless there has been agreement, but this is being flouted. The Stoke dispute (which had already seen one strike before Saturday’s action) is therefore of national significance.
The offices affected were Biddulph, Burslem, Cheadle, Kidsgrove, Leek, Longton, Stoke, Stafford, Stockton Brook, Uttoxeter and Werrington.
Malcolm Brundrett, CWU area delivery representative, said, 'We have made an approach to Royal Mail to try and bring the dispute to an end but we don't seem to be able to reach an agreement.
'Officers have been speaking to Royal Mail at a national level and the difficulty we have is the company is failing to honour the terms of our industrial relations processes. There shouldn't be any changes to any jobs until an agreement exists.”
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