Postal strike in Somerset

Members of the Communication Workers Union based at Weston-super-Mare's Warne Road postal depot have voted to strike on Thursday 12th September.

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Royal Mail boss: Industrial action 'makes no sense'

The Government has confirmed its controversial plans to sell shares in Royal Mail in the "coming weeks." Credit: PA Wire

The Chief Executive of Royal Mail has moved to defend the controversial plan to privatise the organisation and warned workers that the threat of industrial action "makes no sense".

Moya Greene said she understood people's concerns, but insisted the privatisation would dispel "any doubt over the future ownership of the business" and "ensure secure employment" for workers.

The Chief Executive argued there should not be a strike at this "crucial time" for the company, adding that businesses who cannot rely on Royal Mail would look elsewhere.

Postal strike in Weston-super-Mare to go ahead

Members of the Communication Workers Union based at Weston-super-Mare's Warne Road postal depot have voted to strike on Thursday 12th September.

They said it was in an ongoing dispute about the length of deliveries and disciplinary action that had been threatened against a number of workers.

This is in addition to a strike on August 17th and will affect postal deliveries in BS22, BS23 and BS24 postcode areas.

CWU Area Official Rob Wotherspoon said “We have made offers to resolve the disagreement but there is a question mark about whether the managers we are meeting have the authority to make the decisions that will prevent further conflict."


Postal workers to decide next move

Postmen and women will meet on August 27th to decide their next move in the ongoing dispute between them and Royal Mail bosses.

Staff who are members of the Communication Workers Union held at strike at the weekend, about overloaded deliveries and allegations of bullying and harassment from managers.

Postal workers in Weston have made it clear they will not tolerate the current management approach. We will be meeting our members next Tuesday in order to agree the next course of action.

Royal Mail will be given every opportunity and a reasonable amount of time to resolve this dispute in a sensible and mature manner. If this is not the case then further strike action cannot be ruled out at Weston”.

– David Wilshire, Communications Workers Union Bristol Area Official.


Postal workers on strike

Postal workers in parts of Somerset are on strike tomorrow. The action in Bridgwater and Weston-super-Mare isn't linked but, in both cases, staff say they've been set impossible targets by managers and are then unfairly penalised when they fail.

The Communication Workers Union claims managers don't recognise their mistakes. But the Royal Mail says it isn't asking workers in Somerset to do more than staff in other parts of the country. David Woodland reports.

Bridgwater postal workers meet ahead of strike

Workers gathered outside the depot on Friday morning. Credit: ITV News West Country

Royal Mail staff at Bridgwater have attended a meeting ahead of their strike action this weekend over work practices.

They are walking out in a dispute over allegations of bullying and overloaded deliveries.

More than 100 workers at the depot in Friarn Street have already taken five days of strike action over the dispute.

It affected the TA5, 6 and 7 postcodes.

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