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Postal workers in strike ballots after management renege on agreements

Issue No. 2023

Hundreds of postal workers across Britain are to ballot for strikes after management reneged on pledges made in earlier national agreements.

Delivery offices in Bridgwater in Somerset, Wembley in North London, and Manvers in South Yorkshire will vote on strikes after bosses said they were going to impose cuts through “executive action” - without full consultation and agreement with the union.

At the same time workers in Coventry, Stoke and Brighton and Hove will ballot over full time jobs being made into part time when they fall vacant.

In both cases there are supposed to be national agreements which stop such action by management.

But, as with many other issues, Royal Mail seems to be trying to see how much it can get away with.

Eternal vigilance is necessary - and the readiness to hit back hard and, if necessary, on a national basis.

The government is preparing to announce hundreds more closures of post offices - in order to “save the network”!

At present there are 14,000 branches. Royal Mail said earlier this year that only 4,000 were necessary for a viable system. But this would leave post offices out of convenient reach for many people.

The National Federation of SubPostmasters was to hold a rally and lobby of parliament this week to present a petition of over three million signatures against closures.

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Sat 21 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2023
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