Royal Mail workers announce ANOTHER strike

Royal Mail workers announce ANOTHER strike: Posties will walk out for 24-hour stoppage spread across February 16 and 17

  • Thousands of postal workers will walk out again in a row over pay with Royal Mail
  • It follows huge walkouts over Christmas which caused chaos for the UK’s post

Royal Mail workers are to stage a fresh strike in the long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

The strike was announced despite talks last month at the conciliation service Acas aimed at breaking the deadlocked row. 

The postal service was heavily disrupted by strikes over the Christmas period due to strikes, with around 115,000 postal workers walking out.

A union spokesperson announced on Twitter: ‘We have served notice on Royal Mail Group for a 24 hour strike commencing for all shifts starting after 12:30pm on Thursday 16th February. 

‘We cannot and will not sit back as they destroy our members jobs. 

Postal workers are the latest to walk out once again in an ongoing dispute over pay with Royal Mail 

Around 115,000 postal workers went on strike over the Christmas period, disrupting the mail service

‘For the vast majority of members – the strike day will be Friday 17th.’ 

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: ‘We entered facilitated talks through Acas in good faith, believing that the CWU were serious in their claim that they wanted a resolution. 

‘In announcing further damaging strike action, the CWU have shown they are not interested in resolving this dispute and continue to focus on damaging our business further.

‘The CWU’s misguided belief that further industrial action will remove the need for change and force an improved offer is misleading its members and risking their long-term job security.

‘Their 18 days of industrial action have resulted in £200 million losses in the year to date, cost our people around £1,800 in lost pay and inconvenienced our customers.

Royal Mail called on the union to cancel the latest strikes ‘for the good of our customers’  

‘We need to agree on changes to make our business more competitive. That is the only way to secure well-paid, long-term job security for our people.

‘In a materially loss-making company, with every additional day of strike action, we are facing the difficult choice of whether we spend our money on pay and protecting jobs or on the cost of strikes.

‘We remain committed to talks and urge the CWU to withdraw these strikes for the good of our customers and our people.’

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