Further talks between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union are due to take place today to try and prevent more strike action in Bristol. Postal workers at the Mead Street depot in Bedminster staged two walkouts before Christmas in a row over workloads.
A postman who suffered a suspected heart attack while trying to free his van from the snow on Exmoor has been named as John Bircham. He was based at Dulverton Delivery Office in West Somerset. Royal Mail have released this statement:
It is with great sadness that staff at Dulverton Delivery Office learned of the death of postman John Bircham at the weekend. John was a postman for 25 years and a valued member of staff. He will be sorely missed by his colleagues and our deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends at this sad time.
– Ian Frankum, Royal Mail Delivery and Collection Manager
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.