Postal workers prepare to strike

Postal
workers are set to take part in the first national strike in six years next
month over a change in working patterns.

The
Royal Mail has offered 2.2 per cent to the Communication Workers Union to agree
to expand delivery spans from 2.5 to 4 hours.

 However, the union does not want the issue to
be dealt with the pay claim, 4.7 per cent over two years. It  has set May 8 as a day to strike.

"The
business wants us to sign up to changes that could worsen the postal service
for the public," said John Keggie CWU deputy general secretary. "We
are not prepared to be bludgeoned into accepting its half developed
plans."

Keggie
said the union would not accept the deal as it means member would have to work
for four hours without a break.

By Paul Nelson

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