Post strike set to hit Suffolk today

RESIDENTS in Suffolk will suffer a severe disruption in postal deliveries today as staff from mail centres in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds down tools.

Kate McGrath

RESIDENTS in Suffolk will suffer a severe disruption in postal deliveries today as staff from mail centres in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds down tools.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it has been forced to strike because cuts were being made to pay, jobs and services without agreement.

A similar strike was held by staff at Ipswich mail centre on July 21, which hugely affected mail deliveries in the region.


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The mail centre in Thetford is also expected to strike today.

Workers at the Essex Regional Distribution Centre staged a 24-hour strike on Friday.

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The union has announced plans to ballot all its postal-worker members for a national strike in September, threatening the worst disruption to mail deliveries for two years.

Dave Ward, of the CWU, said: “Postal workers are sick and tired of an incompetent management running their business into the ground. Workers are busier than ever and being treated badly. The current round of cuts in jobs and services is unacceptable.”

He added: “Royal Mail management is trying to crush the British postal service. They have been criticised by Government for failing to tackle industrial relations problems, yet they still refuse to address the concerns of postal workers.

“We want to see a modern Royal Mail at the cutting edge of British deliveries. There are opportunities in internet delivery fulfilment, modern machinery and innovation in products and services.”

Royal Mail accused the union of breaking the agreement that ended the 2007 strike and of refusing to co-operate with modernisation.

A spokesman said: “Royal Mail has a clear vision of creating a modernised and market-leading business in which we are investing around �2 billion.

“We again call on the CWU to help us secure a strong future for the business, its people and its customers rather than repeatedly acting to undermine it.”

Operations director Paul Tolhurst apologised that some customers faced disruption because of strike action.

“But we remain determined to do everything possible to ease the impact of any disruption,” he added.

“We again urge the CWU to call off its plans for further strike action and to stop blocking change and modernisation.”

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