December 5 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 16, 2013
Workers at the Royal Mail in Ipswich have voted in favour of industrial action over plans to close the town’s sorting office and relocate some jobs to Chelmsford.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) today announced 70% of workers had voted for action, but what form that will take is not yet known.
Royal Mail – which is preparing for privatisation – has told staff that 139 sorting office jobs will be affected when all sorting currently undertaken in Ipswich is moved to Chelmsford.
A spokesman for the CWU said: “The CWU has made representations not only for the 139 jobs that would be lost, but also for protecting the current postal service the people of Ipswich and surrounding areas receive.”
A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said that the consultation on the future of the Ipswich sorting office, which started in November last year, was continuing.
However the current thinking of the company was that it would start winding down sorting operations in Ipswich next autumn and all sorting would transfer to Chelmsford by the summer of 2015.
Royal Mail spokeswoman, Sally Hopkins, said: “It is disappointing that our colleagues based at the Ipswich mail centre and delivery office have voted in favour of industrial action. We remain hopeful that the issues can be resolved locally and we continue to talk. “
“We urge the CWU not to call our people out on strike action, which can only hurt our customers and damage our business and our drive to build a strong and sustainable future for Royal Mail.”
A meeting is now due to take place within the next few days with representatives and members of the CWU to decide on the next course of action.