Royal Mail workers in the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in a dispute over job security and employment terms.
CWU members backed strike action by 97% in a ballot which saw a turnout of almost 76%. The union has said the results represent the largest vote in favour of national industrial action since the passing of the Trade Union Act 2016 – an act which changed the requirements needed for industrial ballots to be legally valid.
Following the result, the CWU Secretary-General, Dave Ward said;
“This result sends a clear message to Royal Mail Group – our members will not stand by as you rip up their terms and conditions and destroy the service they give to the public and businesses of the UK.
“We would urge Royal Mail Group to now enter serious negotiations with this union. We also call on the public to get behind this dispute and your postal workers.
“We are very proud of our members today. They have stood by their union in record numbers and given hope to workers across the nation.”
Strike dates are yet to be confirmed, but it is thought that the union may target the Christmas period, which is especially busy for the Royal Mail Group.
The strike ballot came after the union said that an agreement reached with the management of Royal Mail in 2018 to raise pay and reform pensions is not being honoured. Royal Mail has claimed it is honouring the agreement, saying that “We want to reach agreement. There are no grounds for industrial action”.
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn tweeted ‘Royal Mail is a Tory-Lib Dem privatisation failure.’
The hashtag, #WeRiseAgain has started trending on Twitter in relation to the news.