Post getting through today... but not tomorrow, says Royal Mail

THE post has been dropping through North Devon letterboxes as normal today (Thursday) despite two days of national strike action, Royal Mail has said.Staff at the Delivery Office in Barnstaple and local postmen have continued to work through the strike today, which saw a 24 hour walkout of mail centre staff and drivers, but they are expected to strike tomorrow.

THE post has been dropping through North Devon letterboxes as normal today (Thursday) despite two days of national strike action, Royal Mail has said.

Staff at the Delivery Office in Barnstaple and local postmen have continued to work through the strike today, which saw a 24 hour walkout of mail centre staff and drivers, but they are expected to strike tomorrow.

“As far vas we are aware they are set to take action tomorrow,” a Royal Mail spokesperson told the Gazette.

“But today would have been delivery as normal and customers would have received their usual delivery of mail.”

Action was agreed by the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) following the following the collapse of talks with Royal Mail bosses last week.

The dispute is over workers' conditions in the light of a modernisation process being implemented by Royal Mail. The CWU claims the changes are putting unrealistic demands on its members. A last-minute "peace offer" by the CWU was rejected last Thursday.

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Staff at the Mail Centre in Exeter were on strike today and any delivery of post on Friday is expected to be very limited.

Royal Mail told the Gazette it would be doing everything possible to maintain some of its services during the industrial action, with managers carrying out some of the work and efforts would be made to keep some of specialist delivery services going.

No temporary staff are to be employed to take the place of striking postal workers, the Royal Mail has said.

Phil Chadwick, western counties branch secretary for the CWU, claimed some workers in the South West had been victims of "aggressive bullying" by management.

“The figures show that 29 per cent of staff have witnessed bullying and harassment; 16 per cent of staff have actually been bullied and harassed, while 80 per cent do not feel that Royal Mail values them.

“Many of the issues around bullying arise because there is no fair and equal workload.”

Royal Mail has denied claims that cost-saving measures are cutting jobs, reducing wages and damaging services and says it is only pressing ahead with agreed modernisation of the business.

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