Royal Mail strike – full list of dates when post could be delayed

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THOUSANDS of Royal Mail staff have voted to strike over a pay dispute that will see 115,000 walk out.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) confirmed the dates which workers will strike.

Staff will strike over a four day period and walkouts will take place on:

  • Friday August 26
  • Wednesday August 31
  • Thursday September 8
  • Friday September 9

This follows a recent ballot for strike action which saw 98% of CWU members vote to take action.

Last month, the CWU have demanded that the Royal Mail begin talks to agree to a “straight, no-strings” pay rise.

The union said management response with a 2% pay rise, which it claims would lead to a dramatic reduction in worker living standards due to soaring inflation.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said: “Nobody takes the decision to strike lightly, but postal workers are being pushed to the brink.

“There can be no doubt that postal workers are completely united in their determination to secure the dignified, proper pay rise they deserve.

“We can’t keep on living in a country where bosses rake in billions in profit while their employees are forced to use food banks.

“When Royal Mail bosses are raking in £758 million in profit and shareholders pocketing £400 million, our members won’t accept pleads of poverty from the company.”

Royal Mail boss Simon Thompson told Sky News last month that the company had offered staff a 5.5 per cent pay rise with no strings attached.

They have also given workers a unconditional 2 per cent pay increase due to the cost of living that will come in from this month.

He added: “Our team definitely deserve a pay increase. I think we all recognise what’s around us in terms of the cost of living crisis.

“None of us are immune to that, my team are not immune to that.”

Yesterday, we reported on how a shake-up of postal services has been proposed with some households waiting until 6pm for the postman to arrive.

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