Talks between the Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union are continuing today in an attempt to end the wildcat strikes involving 10,000 employees.
Post boxes across the country are being sealed to avoid them overflowing because 19 of the 73 sorting offices are on strike along with 82 of the 1,400 delivery depots.
The strikes have been prompted by proposed changes to the shift pattern at the Watford mailing centre.
“Both the union and the Royal Mail believe that it is in the best interests of both customers and the employees that there is a speedy return to work,” said a Royal Mail spokesperson.
The CWU today called on all parties to sit down and work towards a positive solution.
“What we need is national level negotiations to hammer out the Watford dispute which has lead to this unofficial action,” said John Keggie, the deputy general secretary of the CWU.
Keggie claims that local level industrial relations are at an all-time low. He said, “The board do not seem to realise that they will fail if they do not engage their most valuable asset - their workforce.”