Postal workers' union draws up plans for possible strike action in Stevenage and North Herts

PLANS for possible postal strike action in Comet Country at the end of the week have already been drawn up by the Communication Workers Union (CWU). Talks to try and avert the proposed two-day disruption of postal services have already started, with Royal

PLANS for possible postal strike action in Comet Country at the end of the week have already been drawn up by the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

Talks to try and avert the proposed two-day disruption of postal services have already started, with Royal Mail offering to approach the conciliation service Acas to discuss modernisation only if the CWU calls off its planned strike action.

Today Steve Butts, the CWU area delivery representative for Cambridge that covers Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth GC outlined how the union plans to picket local sorting offices.

"If the strike goes ahead then our members in Stevenage will come out on Thursday meaning few deliveries or collections in the town," said Mr Butts, who is based at the Portmill Lane sorting office in Hitchin.


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"There will also be pickets at the Stevenage site in London Road.

"On Friday our sorting offices in Hitchin and Letchworth will be picketed if there is a strike meaning disruption to collections and deliveries."

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The CWU has called on its members to strike on Thursday and Friday over pay, conditions and postal reform.

The union has been further angered this week by Royal Mail's decision to hire up to 30,000 temporary workers in an attempt to take some sting out of strike action.

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