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Northern Ireland post workers

Issue No. 1991


Derry postal workers in Northern Ireland are threatening industrial action if Royal Mail forces through a cost-cutting proposal to transfer its mail transport service from the city to Belfast.

CWU union rep Charlie Kelly says the plan will have a major impact on mail deliveries and postal staff in the city.

Royal Mail drivers based in Derry currently transport mail between Northern Ireland’s two largest cities five times a day with two runs at night and three during the day.

But in its latest bid to identify savings, Royal Mail says the service would be more cost effective if it was run from Belfast.

“This is yet another attack on the Derry office which is being stripped bare at every turn,” Charlie said.

“One third of our staff who perform the road service at night will lose around £7,000 a year in overtime and night allowances, money that is crucial to supplement what is a low wage.”

Derry postal workers recently declined to strike alongside their colleagues in Belfast because the action was unofficial.


Belfast workers are still prepared to launch a strike ballot if the deal agreed after their strike is not fully implemented. A CWU spokesperson told Socialist Worker, “We are discussing with Royal Mail about who should run the investigation into employment practices in the offices concerned. We want it to be genuinely independent.”

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Sat 11 Mar 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1991
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