CWU members reject heavy-handed management approach to workload at Bristol depot


Postal workers at the Royal Mail delivery depot in Mead Street, Bristol, have voted by over 80% to take strike action.

The ballot result of 51 “Yes” votes with only 12 against represents a massive mandate (81%) for industrial action.

Strike action must be held within a four week period from the ballot result so will hit the Christmas mail, if a joint resolution between Royal Mail and the CWU is not reached.

CWU Bristol branch secretary David Wiltshire said: “This result shows that our members have overwhelmingly rejected the heavy handed approach of Royal Mail at this depot. The company now needs to appreciate how serious the situation is and stop burying their heads in the sand.”

“A final meeting will be held with Royal Mail tomorrow. If an agreement is not reached that we feel will be acceptable to our members then we will be meeting them on Tuesday to discuss both the frequency and duration of the strike action they wish to request.”

The ballot was called following alleged abrogation of national agreements by managers in the Mead Street delivery office, leading to unreasonable workloads for many delivery staff and workers complaining about a heavy handed management style.

The ballot closed yesterday with 81% of members voting for strike action. The office covers the BS4 and BS14 postcode areas of Bristol.


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