Royal Mail union votes in favour of strike action

The Royal Mail is facing its first UK-wide strike in more than a decade after staff voted overwhelmingly for action. Job security and terms of employment have caused this dispute between workers and the company.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have backed a strike with a massive 97% majority. The turnout was quite high as well, at 76%.

While they have not yet set strike dates, it is thought they could target the annual Black Friday sales event in late November and the Christmas post if their demands are not met.

CWU's Terry Pullinger is also aguing that last year's agreement to raise pay and reform pensions is not being honoured by management. About 110,000 of the union members were balloted in this dispute.

Dave Ward, CWU's general secretary, has urged Royal Mail to negotiate seriously this matter. Royal Mail have just mentioned they are "very disappointed" by the union's decision to vote for industrial action and said they are mediating with the CWU.

The Royal Mail holds 51% of the UK's parcel market volume.

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