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Royal Mail staff’ strike to go forward on Thursday and Friday



Royal Mail staff will strike over the Black Friday purchasing interval after union leaders rejected an eleventh hour pay deal aimed toward averting industrial motion.

Strikes will go forward on Thursday and Friday after last-ditch talks between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) ended with no deal.

Royal Mail mentioned it had tabled a “greatest and remaining provide” aimed toward resolving its dispute, together with an enhanced pay deal of as much as 9 per cent and a brand new revenue share scheme for workers.

However the CWU mentioned on Wednesday that the 48-hour strike involving round 115,000 postal staff will go forward – referring to the pay provide on Twitter as a “give up doc”.

Members have already held a sequence of strikes in current weeks, coming amid a wave of deliberate industrial motion amongst transport staff, NHS and public sector workers.

Simon Thompson, Royal Mail’s chief government mentioned his crew had made “quite a few enhancements and two pay gives”, and mentioned strike motion had already value the corporate £100m.

He added: “Negotiations contain give and take, however it seems that the CWU’s method is to only take … We face the tough selection of about whether or not we spend our cash on pay and defending jobs, or on the price of strikes.”

The corporate mentioned it had dedicated to no obligatory redundancies till spring 2023 on the earliest, had supplied to make Sunday working voluntary, in addition to staggering the introduction of later begin and end instances.

However the CWU mentioned it wished an improved 18-month pay deal, together with again pay for all staff, and a assure of no obligatory redundancies.

The union’s common secretary Dave Ward mentioned he was disillusioned that Royal Mail had chosen to pursue “such an aggressive technique” – saying staff couldn’t settle for “a devastating blow to their livelihoods” given rising inflation.

Asking for public help throughout disruption, he added: “We urge each member of the general public to face with their postie, and again them like by no means earlier than.”

It come as RMT rail union chief Mick Lynch denied being “the Grinch who stole Christmas” as he defended a sequence of main prepare strikes deliberate over the festive interval.

Requested about reviews portraying him as “the Grinch”, Mr Lynch mentioned: “I’m not the Grinch. I’m a commerce union official, and I’m decided to get a deal.”

Mick Lynch, common secretary of the RMT rail union

(PA Wire)

Transport secretary Mark Harper is predicted to satisfy Mr Lynch and RMT bosses this week in bid to get the union to name off disruptive motion in December and January.

The RMT has introduced a sequence of 48-hour strikes beginning 13–14 December by its members at Community Rail and 14 prepare firms – and an extra time ban over Christmas and the New Yr, which threatens journey chaos.

Mr Lynch mentioned: “We now have been affordable however it’s unattainable to discover a negotiated settlement when the lifeless hand of presidency is presiding over these talks.”

He claimed prepare operators have been “saying various things to completely different folks typically on the similar time”, urging Mr Harper to get a deal achieved. “This complete course of has grow to be a farce that solely the brand new secretary of state can resolve. After I meet him, I’ll ship that message.”

Work and pensions secretary Mel Stride mentioned the results of the strikes might be “fairly critical”, disrupting “medical appointments” in addition to household reunions going down over the festive interval.

The cupboard minister mentioned each the unions and Community Rail “actually ought to be partaking extra on that and dealing issues out between them extra vigorously”.

Labour’s shadow house secretary Yvette Cooper has referred to as on the federal government to “get its act collectively” and negotiate with rail union chiefs to stop strikes.

“Individuals have a proper to withdraw their labour and to strike as a part of that, and we’ll at all times help folks’s proper to have the ability to do this, however finally we’d like a deal in place, and that’s what we’ve been calling for,” she instructed BBC Radio 4’s At the moment programme.

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