Deliveries and collections will ‘shut down’ throughout mail strike, union warns



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

The Communication Employees Union (CWU) stated providers shall 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.

However Royal Mail insists contingency preparations shall be in place in the course of the strikes and Covid testing kits will proceed to be delivered.

Royal Mail stated staff have been provided a 5.5% rise, however the union stated that displays a 2% pay enhance, an extra 1.5% in trade for a change in phrases and situations, and a £500 bonus.

Scottish regional secretary of the CWU Craig Anderson informed BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme on Wednesday that negotiations have 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.

“They’ve imposed a 2% pay award with out settlement.

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

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

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

He added: “A good supply from our perspective could be for them to sit down again around the desk with us and truly 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 truly begin negotiating on a share pay elevate that displays that.”

The CWU is amongst a number of unions taking strike motion this summer time in calls for for elevated pay gives for staff in gentle of the rising value of residing.

The union additionally has an ongoing pay dispute with BT.

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

“The issue we’ve in the intervening time is we don’t know the place inflation shall 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 alternative. We’re at gridlock in the intervening time and, as I say, we’d be fairly glad to sit down again around the desk to debate a pay supply.”

Royal Mail stated the CWU has “failed to interact” in discussions about adjustments which are wanted to modernise the corporate, corresponding to Sunday working as normal, prolonged in a single day home windows, and versatile working corresponding to lowered hours in the course of the summer time and prolonged hours over the busy Christmas interval.

A spokesman stated: “Industrial motion is a major act of self-harm. In contrast to another sectors like rail, our prospects have many selections. Even since our final strike in 2009, the market has modified markedly. Our retail prospects can swap their quantity to our rivals on the press of a button and they’re going to press that button if they should.

“Now we have a 97% everlasting workforce. We pay as much as 40% greater than our rivals. And our folks work for us for, on common, 17 years, reflecting the truth that working for Royal Mail is about extra than simply discovering a short-term job to pay the payments. Individuals keep and construct careers with us.

“Our trade could be very aggressive, and our prospects are price-sensitive. Now we have to ship top quality at a decrease value. We are able to’t cost our prospects 40% extra, so it’s as much as us to show the worth and high quality they get with Royal Mail. We additionally want to search out higher and extra environment friendly methods of working so we will compete on worth and shield jobs long run.”

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