Strikes affect postal deliveries

PUBLISHED: 09:26 10 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:26 06 July 2010

Disruption to postal services in Norfolk is set to be caused today as workers strike over pay and jobs.

Disruption to postal services in Norfolk is set to be caused today as workers strike over pay and jobs.

Postal workers in King's Lynn and Thetford are today taking part in a 24-hour walkout, affecting deliveries.

Strikes, which follow industrial action in several locations on Friday and Saturday, are also happening in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich but not in Norwich.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said its members have been forced to strike because cuts were being made to pay, jobs and services without agreement.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “Postal workers are sick and tired of an incompetent management running their business into the ground. Workers are busier than ever and being treated badly. The current round of cuts in jobs and services is unacceptable.

“Royal Mail has failed to set out any clear or joined up vision of what modernisation really means. They must stop imposing change and work with the union to agree the bigger picture of modernisation that the postal service badly needs.”

A Royal Mail spokesman said they “condemn” the industrial action.

He said: “Having met the union more than 50 times in recent months, it is increasingly clear that the CWU refuses to believe that mail volumes are declining despite the clear evidence of this.

“We condemn the CWU for striking over much-needed modernisation and change which has already been successfully implemented by our people in the majority of offices around the UK and is working well.”

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