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Royal Mail need to re-enter talks to resolve Postal dispute

21 September, 2007


Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said Royal Mail need to re-enter talks with Communication Workers Union (CWU) after their Postal Executive agreed more strike dates following failure to reach agreement on proposed modernisation plans and the fear of thousands of jobs loses.

Mr McCartney said:

"It's disappointing that a resolution hasn't been reached to avert the need for further industrial action by Royal Mail staff over proposed modernisation plans and the fear of thousands of jobs loses across all sections of post office operations.

"The Communications Workers Union (CWU) have stated that there was no agreed pay deal, which was due on 1st April 2007, and that the pay offer is linked to unacceptable propositions on flexibility and decreased pensions benefits. The CWU have also said that Royal Mail has announced the implementation of unagreed operational changes.

"It's clear that there needs to be a common sense approach taken over this dispute. There is a window of opportunity before the next 48 hour strike date which is set to take place on 5th & 6th October. I would call on Royal Mail bosses to re-enter talks with the CWU. The union have said they remain committed to reaching an agreement which benefits the business and employees .I hope Royal Mail take them up on their offer." ENDS

Note to editors

The CWU's Postal Executive have agreed the following strike dates:

  • A 48 hour strike on the 5th & 6th October
  • A 48 hour strike on the 8th & 9th October
  • Week commencing 15th October a rolling programme of functional strikes to continue weekly until the resolution of the dispute

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