Postal workers refuse to deliver The Sun

Postal workers in West Lancashire have threatened to walk out if they are forced to deliver free copies of The Sun newspaper.

It is understood six members of staff in Skelmersdale were at Hillsborough on the day of the disaster.

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Skelmersdale postal workers threaten walkout over Sun Newspaper deliveries

Postal workers are threatening to walk out, if they're made to deliver the Sun.

The newspaper has organised a promotion with Royal Mail, delivering free copies, to mark the start of the World Cup. But 50 staff in Skelmersdale are refusing to take part.

A number of those staff say they were at Hillsborough - and have never forgiven the paper for the way it covered the disaster.

Thousands of people are now backing them with a petition.

Elaine Willcox reports:-


Royal Mail says it will work with staff and union over Sun row

We have been awarded the contract to deliver a promotional World Cup edition of The Sun to 22 million homes in England on 12 and 13 June.

The postal service is, of course, open to everyone provided the material they post meets all the relevant legal requirements.

The Sun has chosen not to include Liverpool in the mailing

If there are any personal reasons why a postman or woman would not want to deliver the mailing, we would consider these on an case by case basis working closely with the CWU.

– Royal Mail Group


MP backs postal workers refusing to deliver The Sun

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has given her backing to Skelmersdale postal workers over their refusal to deliver The Sun’s World Cup promotional edition to homes in the town.

Mrs Cooper said she has contacted both the Chief Executive of the Royal Mail and the newspaper's Editor over the issue.

It took 22 years for the families to secure the truth, now in the 25th anniversary year the families and survivors are attending the inquest hearings in the fight for justice.

"I hope the Royal Mail will change its stance and show some integrity and most of all show some respect for the people of Skelmersdale and across West Lancashire who have lived with the lies and injustice promulgated by this newspaper in one of the darkest episodes in recent British history.”

– Rosie Cooper MP

Postal workers refuse to deliver free copies of The Sun

A number of postal workers in Skelmersdale in Lancashire have threatened to walk out if they are forced to deliver free copies of The Sun later this week.

Scarfs are sold infront of a poster outside Anfield urging people not to buy The Sun newspaper. 2004. Credit: PA

The Sun, which has planned a nationwide drop of its free World Cup-themed promotion, has agreed not to send out copies in Liverpool, where there is still widespread anger over the way it reported the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

However, the tabloid newspaper is still set to go out in some areas of Merseyside, because they do not have Merseyside postcodes.

The Royal Mail said any concerns would be handled "with fairness and dignity".

The Sun published a full page apology in 2004.

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