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Royal Mail workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of nationwide strikes

Royal Mail workers have voted massively in favour of strikes in a dispute over job security and employment terms and conditions, the Communication Workers Union said.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) backed action by 97% in a huge turnout of almost 76%.

The dispute has flared over implementation of a so-called Four Pillars Agreement reached last year between the union and Royal Mail.

These include working hours, the use of technology to monitor efficiency and its parcel sorting systems.

The CWU said that Royal Mail is not sticking to an agreement reached last year covering a wide range of issues, including plans to reduce the working week, as well as job security.

Industrial relations at the company have worsened this year, with widespread unofficial strikes breaking out virtually every week.

Terry Pullinger, the CWU's deputy general secretary, said the union and its members were facing the "fight of our lives".

The CWU said the result represents the largest yes vote for national industrial action since the passing of the Trade union Act 2016.

The union said the prospect of the first national postal strike in a decade now "looms large".

Pullinger said: "Just over one year ago the Royal Mail Group Board and the CWU agreed a blue print agreement for the future, a progressive agreement that included an historic pension solution, a mutual interest driven relationship and a joint vision for a successful postal service with social aims.

"Today the new RMG leadership are breaking that agreement.

"Our members take honour seriously and have voted to fight for that agreement against those who now seek to break up the great British Postal service in the interest of fast track profit and greed.

"Integrity and pride still matters and we will not stand aside and see what we have spent our working lives building destroyed."


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