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Postal strikes set to continue after union rejects ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ proposal from Royal Mail

POSTIES across Britain declared no confidence in Royal Mail boss Simon Thompson today as they prepare for more strike action over pay and working conditions later this week.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) told the Morning Star that every meeting of workers it had organised unanimously supported the informal motion and condemned the way the privatised company is being managed.

The move came after the union rejected a “take-it-or-leave-it” proposal from senior managers.

The CWU national postal executive said it has made proposals to help resolve the increasingly bitter dispute, including an improved 18-month pay deal, a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies and a joint review of agreements and the relationship between the union and Royal Mail Group.

The firm’s workers, who first walked out in August, are set for more strikes tomorrow and Friday ahead of further industrial action next month, including on Christmas Eve.

A CWU spokesperson said: “Britain’s postal workers are hard-working, decent people — every day, they go the extra mile in keeping our country connected and safe.

“They don’t deserve to have their pay smashed, their conditions ripped up and their lives wrecked by Simon Thompson, who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

“It’s time Royal Mail understands that a few men at the top aren’t worth more than the loyalty of 115,000 workers.”

A company spokesman accused the union of making “several false and misleading claims about the detail of what we were proposing and launching personal attacks.

“We don’t believe this is the way to conduct serious negotiations.”

The spokesman confirmed that the business is still considering the union’s latest proposals. 


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