Postal Workers Strike Again

Postal workers at the Mead Street depot in Bedminster in Bristol have voted to strike again unless agreement is reached with Royal Mail in their dispute over working conditions.

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Final meeting in a bid to avert Christmas postal strike

Postal workers at the Mead Street depot could strike if an agreement cannot be reached at a meeting tomorrow. Credit: ITV West

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) today warned that postal strikes in the lead up to Christmas will become a reality, if an acceptable agreement cannot be concluded at a final meeting with Royal Mail tomorrow morning.

Last week postal workers at the Mead Street depot in Bedminster in Bristol, who deliver mail to the BS4 and BS14 areas of the city, returned an 81% “Yes” vote in favour of strike action.

CWU Bristol area official David Wilshire said “This is a last ditch meeting. We are still way apart on the main issues at the core of this dispute and the business need to realise this”.

David went on to say “After consulting our members we have requested that a series of strikes is authorised. If a resolution is not reached at the meeting tomorrow it is likely that notice of strikes will be given soon after”.

Postal workers are angry about mail backlogs. They say their delivery rounds are too large, but Royal Mail has put it down to high levels of sick leave.

Postal strike meeting fails to reach agreement

The prospect of a postal strike at the Royal Mail depot in Bedminster, Brisol drew closer today after a second meeting between officials from the Communication Workers Union and Royal Mail finished without agreement.

Both parties will however meet again next Thursday in a final attempt to reach a joint resolution.

Postal workers at the Mead Street site, which delivers mail to the BS4 and BS14 areas, returned an 81% “Yes” vote for strike action earlier this week and a mass meeting will be held on Tuesday.

At this meeting CWU Officials and workers will discuss the possible timing of strike action. This could take place during the busy Christmas period.

Despite limited progress today we are still some way apart on the main issues at the core of this dispute.

The fact that a further meeting has been arranged provides some hope. Should however, this not lead to a proposed resolution, that we can recommend to our members then we will have reached the end of the line and strike action will occur.

– David Wilshire, CWU Bristol area official

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Postal strike meeting this morning

Royal Mail workers in South Bristol have already voted in favour of a strike. Credit: ITV West

Unions are meeting with Royal Mail this morning (8am) in a last-ditch attempt to prevent a strike by postal workers in South Bristol that could affect Christmas mail.

Staff say they can't cope with the amount of mail they're expected to handle, but Royal Mail says the high level of sick leave is the problem. The workers have already voted in favour of a strike.

Bristol postal workers voted for strike

Postal workers at the Royal Mail delivery depot in Mead Street have voted by over 80% to take strike action.The ballot result was 51 "Yes" votes with 12 against industrial action

Strike action must be held within a four week period so will hit the Christmas mail, if a joint resolution between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union is not reached.

This result shows that our members have overwhelmingly rejected the heavy handed approach of Royal Mail at this depot. The company now needs to appreciate how serious the situation is and stop burying their heads in the sand".

– CWU Bristol Area Official David Wilshire

Ballot for strike action closes today

The result is expected to be announced this afternoon. Credit: PA

Postal workers in Bristol will find out later whether they are to take strike action. Staff at the Royal Mail debot in Mead Street have been balloting about striking which closes today.

It's over a row about mail backlogs. Workers say their delivery rounds are too large, but Royal Mail has put it down to high levels of sick leave. The result is expected to be announced this afternoon.

Postal strike talks break up

The chances of a postal strike in part of Bristol grew greater today after talks to resolve the ongoing dispute broke up without agreement.

However, both sides are due to meet again on Friday 22nd November in a further attempt to find a settlement at the Royal Mail depot in Mead Street.

Postal workers at the site are currently balloting about strike action and this closes on 21 November 2012.

“No progress has been made today but the fact that a further meeting has been arranged offers a glimmer of hope. The result of the ballot will be known on Wednesday next week and we will be holding a mass meeting of our members on Tuesday 27 November”.

“The ball now lies firmly in Royal Mail's court as to whether we go to the mass meeting with a proposed agreement, or to discuss what type of strike action will be requested”.

– CWU Bristol area official David Wilshire

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Urgent meeting arranged in attempt to resolve postal dispute

A meeting has been arranged between officials of the Communication Workers Union and Royal Mail in an attempt to reach an agreement that will resolve the current dispute at the delivery depot in Mead Street, Bristol.

This will take place tomorrow morning [Friday].

Postal workers at the site are currently balloting about strike action and this closes on 21 November 2012.

Postal workers in Bristol may strike

Postal workers at a Royal Mail depot in Bristol held a meeting this morning, and will be sent ballot papers to decide if they will go on strike.

Workers at the Mead Street office in Bedminster say they've ended up with a backlog of deliveries.

Royal Mail blamed high levels of sickness for the backlog.

David Wilshire from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says the Christmas post could be affected:

Postal workers in Bristol to be balloted on strike action

Postal workers in Bristol will be balloted on strike action next week Credit: ITV West

Postal workers at a Royal Mail depot in Bristol are being sent ballot papers next week to decide if they will go on strike. Workers at the Mead Street office say they've ended up with a backlog of deliveries. Unions have met with managers. They say demand outweighs the available workforce.

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