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Royal Mail to stage TWO 48-hour strikes around Black Friday & Cyber Monday in latest dispute

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ROYAL Mail workers will stage two 48-hour strikes around Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Postal workers are continuing their dispute over pay, jobs and conditions, the Communication Workers Union announced.
Postal workers have announced two more strikes in their dispute over pay2Postal workers have announced two more strikes in their dispute over payCredit: AlamyThe union said the latest offer included “more unacceptable changes” and the two-year pay offer was “derisory”.
However, Royal Mail said the offer was subject to agreeing to changes with Sunday working and start times.
The median pay at Royal Mail is £32,465 a year, with the average pay for a postal delivery worker lower than that at £25,777.
Royal Mail has blamed strike action for rising losses and job cuts, as well as lower volumes of parcels being posted.
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Chief executive Simon Thompson said the company had reported losses of £219m in the first half of 2022, which demonstrated the “need for change at Royal Mail is urgent”.
The union said the latest offer included “more unacceptable changes” and the two-year pay offer was “derisory”.
“This reaffirms the company’s whole approach of imposing change rather than negotiating it,” the CWU added. “Not only is the offer not applicable to Parcelforce and fleet employees, but the company have confirmed that new entrants will be brought in on lower terms, and will be introducing owner-drivers into Royal Mail – a service that will be comparable to Uber.”
Planned industrial action by postal workers in the next two weeks was called off following a legal challenge.

Royal Mail lawyers had written to the ­Communication Workers Union highlighting their concerns over the formal notification of rolling industrial action.
The union said that ­following the letter, it had decided to withdraw action on six dates in the coming fortnight.
CWU acting deputy general secretary Andy Furey said: “We believe it is a necessary move to protect our dispute.”
It said strikes will resume on November 12.
Striking Royal Mail workers gather on a picket line outside Balham Delivery Office last month2Striking Royal Mail workers gather on a picket line outside Balham Delivery Office last monthCredit: Getty
Story Credit: thesun.co.uk

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