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National postal strike dates are announced

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by Kay Mitchell

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has today confirmed the dates for the national postal strike.

Two 24-hour nationwide postal strikes will start on Thursday 22 October with around 42,000 centre staff and drivers on strike.

On Friday 23 October, almost 80,000 delivery and collection staff will walk out for a 24-hour period.

The CWU said it had no choice but to announce a strike after it accused the Royal Mail of turning down its latest series of proposals without proper consideration.

Billy Hayes, CWU general secretary, comments: “Our offer included a three-year proposal to secure stability for the Royal Mail.”

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, added: “We made a genuine offer to Royal Mail that would have given space for detailed discussions without a strike.

“We were severely disappointed that within two or three hours the company rejected it, apparently without even affording it proper consideration.

“This comes on the back of several rejections of CWU offers and is a clear indication that they are not trying to reach agreement,” added Mr Ward.

In response, Royal Mail managing director, Mark Higson, said: “The CWU’s strike announcement simply shows just how dishonest the union’s claim to embrace the need to modernise is and underlines the union’s opposition to simple changes such as its members working flexibly for all of the hours they are paid and using the equipment provided to do the job.”

“Instead the CWU is demanding an absolute veto over future change and modernisation – and demanding more money – backed up with strike action, which they know will drive customers away,” added Higson.

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