Postal workers in South Bristol who went on strike before Christmas could be taking action again in their dispute over working conditions. The Communications Workers Union has met staff at the Royal Mail depot in Mead Street and says more strikes will take place unless it can be resolved.
Postal workers at a depot in South Bristol are on strike today in a row over conditions. Staff at the Mead Street sorting office in Bedminster say their workloads are unacceptable.
This is the first in a series of strikes before Christmas, and was called after talks between the Communication Workers Union and Royal Mail broke down.
Postal workers at the Royal Mail depot at Mead Street in South Bristol are due to strike on December 10 in a dispute over working conditions.
Royal Mail has issued this response.
– Adrian Booth, Royal Mail spokesman
We are urging staff based at Mead Street to continue working as normal and to allow the nationally agreed process for resolving issues of concern to continue.
We are disappointed they have decided to take industrial action on a peak day in the run-up to Christmas, which is our busiest period as we deliver customers' Christmas items.
Royal Mail is determined to do all it can to maintain service to customers on December 10 with help from Royal Mail colleagues throughout the south west and the wider country, to deliver letters, cards and parcels.
Customers can ring the Royal Mail's Customer Service helpline on 08457 740 740 or check its website.
The Communication Workers Union has announced that its first 24 hour strike in the run up to Christmas will take place on Monday 10 December.
Postal workers at the Royal Mail depot in Mead Street in Bristol will take action between 0001 hours and 2359 hours.
It means there will be no deliveries to the BS4 and BS14 areas that day.
Talks between the CWU and Royal Mail broke down today in a dispute over workloads at the South Bristol Depot.
– Royal Mail spokesman
We have met again with Communications Worker Union (CWU) representatives today.
We have invited the Union to meet with us again tomorrow to continue working with us to explore every opportunity to resolve concerns of our staff at Mead Street.
We remain committed to the nationally agreed framework for resolving these issues.
However, in response to the threat of industrial action, we have been developing contingency plans to make sure deliveries of festive mail continues if there is industrial action in the run up to Christmas.
Postal workers at a depot in Bristol will hold a series of strikes before Christmas following the breakdown of talks with Royal Mail today.
It's the first time the Mead Street depot in Bedminster has been on strike for 15 years.
Communication Workers Union spokesman Dave Wilshire said other depots are 'on the brink' of joining the action:
– Dave Wilshire, Communication Workers Union spokesman
Managers seem incapable or unwilling to recognise the problem the postmen and women are facing on a daily basis.
We have no choice but to act following a series of meetings attempting to resolve this issue.
Royal Mail will receive notice next week for the first in a series of strikes in the run up to Christmas.
Posties claim they have unacceptable workloads following a series of changes by Royal Mail, who have previously claimed the problems were due to sickness levels at the depot.
Managers had been drafted in to help with the backlog of mail.
Postal workers in part of Bristol are to hold a series of strikes in the run up to Christmas. Talks with the Royal Mail broke up today without any agreement. Next week the workers' union, the CWU, say they will give the company a week's notice of their strike plans.
The men and women involved work at the Mead Street depot near Temple Meads. The post codes affected are BS4 and BS14.
A meeting is taking place to try to avoid a possible postal strike that could disrupt Christmas mail in part of Bristol.
Previous talks between the Communication Workers Union and Royal Mail over a dispute at the city's Mead Street depot have so far failed to reach an agreement. It is hoped that today's meeting will resolve the row over working conditions.
If the strike goes ahead deliveries in the BS4 and BS14 areas of the city would be affected.