9:01 am, Wed 07 Nov 2012
The postal union is to ballot Royal Mail staff on strike action at a sorting depot in Bristol. It comes after claims of a mail backlog due to overwork. The Royal Mail blames high levels of sickness.
Strike action would hit deliveries in South East Bristol in the run-up to Christmas.
7:34 am, Wed 07 Nov 2012
Despite high levels of sickness in Royal Mail’s Mead Street delivery office, Bristol, Royal Mail is confident it will deliver all mail due for the BS4 and BS14 areas today.
This is being achieved through the effective use of contingency arrangements, including Royal Mail managers covering for absent staff.
Any customers with queries should contact our customer services department on 0845 740740.
– Adrian Booth, Royal Mail spokesperson
5:42 pm, Mon 05 Nov 2012
It's claimed that postal deliveries in parts of Bristol are in chaos and thousands of letters and packages remain undelivered. Unions blame it on impossible workloads. But Royal Mail insists there have only been small delays - and they're down to high sickness levels.
Now strike action is being threatened, in the run up to Christmas.
2:50 pm, Mon 05 Nov 2012
Union leaders say thousands of letters and parcels are lying undelivered at a sorting office in Bristol.
They say postal workers can't cope with the amount of mail they're being asked to deliver. Royal Mail has drafted in managers from other areas to help deal with the backlog.