Postal Strike Update. Wednesday

November 4, 2009

Talks between the Communication Workers Union and Royal Mail continue at Trades Union Council (TUC) headquarters in central London, chaired by TUC general secretary Brendan Barber. Both the union and Royal Mail have agreed not to speak publicly about the detail of the discussions so far. Negotiations will resume at the same venue this morning. 

The General Secretary of the CWU Billy Hayes explains why postal workers are taking the Royal Mail to the High Court this week over the company’s use of agency workers. See this Guardian podcast.

A CWU spokesperson said: “We’re disappointed  that Royal Mail appears to be more interested in sidelining the views and concerns of its staff rather than reaching an agreement to bring this dispute to an end…Instead of spending vast sums of money on untrained temporary workers we urge the Royal Mail to engage with talks to reach an agreement to get the permanent staff back to work…

  …Royal Mail is planning for failure here instead of addressing the concerns of its staff. Postal workers deserve more than this dismissive attitude…CWU remains available for talks to avoid a strike.”

The two national strikes on Friday 6th November and Monday 9th November – involving all 121,000 members in Royal Mail letters – are set to go ahead as planned.

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