Royal Mail strike dates: 115,000 workers to walk out over pay and grind postal system to a halt – iNews

Around 115,000 postal workers are to stage four days of walkouts over pay across August and September as they demand a pay rise in line with inflation.
Royal Mail workers represented by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will walk out on 26 August, 31 August, 8 September and 9 September, the union said.
CWU general secretary Dave Ward said: “Nobody takes the decision to strike lightly, but postal workers are being pushed to the brink.
“There can be no doubt that postal workers are completely united in their determination to secure the dignified, proper pay rise they deserve.”
He added: “Postal workers won’t meekly accept their living standards being hammered by greedy business leaders who are completely out of touch with modern Britain.
“They are sick of corporate failure getting rewarded again and again. The CWU’s message to Royal Mail’s leadership is simple – there will be serious disruption until you get real on pay.”
The action by Royal Mail workers comes on top of strikes by rail workers, bus drivers, port workers, barristers and airline staff – while teachers, doctors, nurses and civil servants are all set to be balloted on strike action in the coming months.
Ricky McAulay, operations director at Royal Mail, apologised to customers “for the disruption that CWU’s industrial action will cause.”
He accused the union of “failing to engage in any meaningful discussion on the changes we need to modernise, or to come up with alternative ideas.”
Mr McAulay added that the union rejected an offered pay rise of “up to 5.5 per cent” – which is a real-terms pay cut, below the rate of inflation.
He added: “In a business that is currently losing £1 million pounds a day, we can only fund this offer by agreeing the changes that will pay for it.
“Royal Mail can have a bright future, but we can’t achieve that by living in the past.
“By modernising we can offer more of what our customers want at a price they are willing to pay, all whilst protecting jobs on the best terms and conditions in our industry.”
The backlogs caused by the strikes could lead to weeks-long delays in the postal service, it is feared.
i reported last month that Royal Mail has been in communication with pharmacies to ensure that there is as little disruption as possible to deliveries of vital medicines.
Organisations such as the NHS will also be prioritised after the strike action to ensure important letters reach their recipients as soon as possible.
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