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The Socialist 18 March 2020 |
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Stop Press: postal workers deliver massive strike vote and offer to become additional 'emergency service'
Solidarity with the CWU, photo Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge)
Communication Workers Union (CWU) members in Royal Mail beat the anti-union laws for the third time in less than three years, delivering a massive 94.5% yes vote for strike action, announced on 17 March.
In light of the coronavirus crisis however the CWU has said: "We will not be calling strike action at this point.
"Subject to Royal Mail prioritising the health and safety of our members, we want postal workers to become an additional emergency service in the UK.
"Postal workers are embedded in every community in the UK. It's time to utilise the company's unrivalled infrastructure and daily reach.
"With this in mind we have called for Royal Mail Group to step back from their attacks in the workplace, imposing unagreed change and destroying the very morale now needed, and work with the union to enact our proposal.
"Postal workers stand ready but Royal Mail Group must play their part by agreeing our proposal and ensuring the very best standards of safety and support to its employees."