Postal workers vote for strike

Postal workers are to stage a one-day strike after voting 4-1 in favour of walkouts over issues linked to the controversial privatisation of Royal Mail. An ITV News poll showed that the British public are split over the strike.

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Royal Mail: Strike action is damaging to business

In response to a vote for strike action by postal workers in November, the Royal Mail says any action, or threat of action, is damaging to the business.

Royal Mail is very disappointed by the announcement that CWU members have voted in favour of taking industrial action in the ballot and that a strike day has been announced by the union. However we note that with a 63 per cent turnout, a majority of the union membership (51 per cent) chose to vote against strike action or abstain. In addition, taking into account frontline employees who are not union members (24,000), only 40.5 per cent have backed a strike.Any action, or the threat of disruption, is damaging to our business, especially in the run up to Christmas, our busiest time.

– Royal Mail statement

Thousands of companies will 'be hit by postal strike'

The Direct Marketing Association, which represents the advertising mail industry, accounting for £1 billion of Royal Mail's turnover, said the strike will have a "severe" financial impact on tens of thousands of companies, charities and others.

Executive director Chris Combemale said: "The UK economy is only just emerging from recession and we cannot afford any further impediment to its recovery.

CWU workers have voted in favour of strike action in November. Credit: Press Association

"The build-up to Christmas is a critical period that typically accounts for a significant proportion of businesses' annual revenues and charities' donations.

"People who rely on Royal Mail to deliver billions of pounds of goods ordered online would have their festive season disrupted, and loss of trade would lead to job cuts in many companies across the economy.

"Commercial users account for the biggest percentage of Royal Mail's turnover. Any disruption to service would quickly lead businesses to take their custom elsewhere, which is an outcome that would not benefit the postal workers that CWU represents."


Poll: 72% think postal services will be more expensive

Nearly three quarters of British adults (72%) expect postal services will be more expensive after Royal Mail's privatisation, the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes has found.

ComRes interviewed 2,042 British adults online between 11-13 October for the ITV News Index. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Just 11% of those surveyed did not agree that prices would rise.

However, 22% expect Royal Mail customer service will improve following its privatisation, compared to 48% who said they did not think that would be the case.

51% of Brits 'think Royal Mail was seriously undervalued'

Half of Britons think that the Royal Mail was “seriously undervalued” when it was floated on the stock market, the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes suggests.

A newly-privatised Royal Mail today faces the prospect of a national strike. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The poll found 51% feel the 330p debut share price "seriously undervalued" the company, compared with just 12% who disagreed.

Nearly two in five (37%) said they do not know.

British public 'split' over Royal Mail strike plans

The British public are split over the proposed strike by Royal Mail workers, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

Of those questioned, 38% said it was reasonable for the Communication Workers Union to go on strike over the privatisation of Royal Mail, with the same proportion disagreeing.

The British public are split over the proposed strike by Royal Mail workers, the ITV News Index found. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

However, the British public are slightly less likely toactively condemn the strike - 35% agree that it is notreasonable for staff to go on strike compared to 41% who disagree.

ComRes interviewed 2,042 British adults online between 11-13 October.

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