Royal Mail workers vote for strike action

The vast majority (97.1%) of around 110,000 voters backed a strike from a 76% turnout of CWU members, representing both one of the largest ‘Yes’ votes and turnouts for many years.

Hundreds of CWU reps waved union flags and cheered as the result was announced after a national reps’ briefing in London yesterday (15 October).

For legal reasons, CWU’s Parcelforce members were balloted separately in two separate ballots, one on the controversial TUPE proposals – Royal Mail wants to split Parcelforce off into a separate company with the workforce TUPE’d across, and the other on the rest of the issues in dispute, including job security and terms and conditions of employment. Both of these also returned large ‘Yes’ votes – of 94.7% and 95% respectively.

Strikes at Royal Mail were averted last year after the postal service agreed to increase pay, reform pensions and reduce weekly working hours from 39 to 35 by 2022, subject to productivity improvements.

CWU said the agreement is not being honoured by the company’s new leadership but Royal Mail has said it is abiding by the agreement and has awarded two pay rises since last year.
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