All deliveries and collections will shut down throughout mail strike, union warns



ll Royal Mail deliveries and collections will likely be “shut down” throughout Scotland throughout 4 days of strike motion, a union has warned.

The Communication Employees Union (CWU) says companies will likely be disrupted on account of the economic motion, set to happen on August 26 and 31 in addition to September 8 and 9 in a dispute over pay.

Royal Mail says employees have been supplied a 5.5% rise, however the union says the rise displays a 2% pay improve, an additional 1.5% in trade for a change in phrases and situations in addition to a £500 bonus.

Our members do not wish to go on strike however we have been given no different selection

Scottish regional secretary of the CWU, Craig Anderson instructed BBC’s Good Morning Scotland on Wednesday that negotiations had damaged down.

“We’re taking this motion as a result of we’ve been given no different possibility,” he stated.

“The negotiations began in February concerning a pay rise for the employees inside Royal Mail and the negotiations have damaged down.”

Mr Anderson added: “They’ve imposed a 2% pay award with out settlement.

“They supplied one other 1.5% based mostly on signing away phrases and situations, and an additional £500 as a bonus for having targets that they knew weren’t achievable. So there was by no means a 5.5% pay provide placed on the desk.”

He known as for Royal Mail to “sit again around the desk” and have a look at the place members are at concerning the cost-of-living disaster.

He added: “A good provide from our perspective could be for them they sit again around the desk with us and really have a look at the place or what comes out in the intervening time with a cost-of-living disaster, the place the corporate’s been with the earnings that they’ve made, and really begin negotiating on a share pay increase that displays that.”

CWU is amongst a number of unions taking strike motion this summer time in calls for for elevated pay provides for employees in gentle of the rising price of residing.

The union additionally has an ongoing pay dispute with BT.

Mr Anderson stated it could be tough to come back to a determine as a result of uncertainty surrounding inflation with the latest determine sitting at 9.4%.

“The problem we have now in the intervening time is we don’t know the place inflation will likely be tomorrow by no means thoughts the place it is going to be in six months’ time.

“Our members don’t wish to go on strike however we’ve been given no different selection. We’re at gridlock in the intervening time and as I say we’d be fairly blissful to take a seat again around the desk to debate a pay provide.”

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