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Royal Mail Workers Plan to Strike Again This February

Royal Mail workers are to hold a 24-hour strike on February 16 over ongoing talks regarding pay and working conditions.

Communication Workers Union (CWU) posted on their website on Friday that they were calling a strike due to company bosses going back on their word and have been given no alternative but to call a 24-hour strike starting on Thursday 16th February.

The strike will cover all duties and scheduled attendance commencing between the period at or after 12:30 pm on Thursday 16th February 2023 and before 12:30pm on Friday 17th February 2023.

Royal Mail has accused CWU of not being interested in resolving the dispute and instead wanting to do further damage to the service.

"We don't trust the CEO. We don't trust Royal Mail. We don't trust any managers. That is why we're a trade union. If you trusted these people to do the right thing for the workforce & for customers rather than just themselves, then trade unions wouldn't exist!" said Dave Ward on Twitter during a recent shareholders meeting.

These strikes are likely to disrupt deliveries again as an estimated 115,000 postal workers will be striking between February 16-17.

Royal Mail has contingency plans ready in order to keep services running as smoothly as possible, but with a large number of its workforce missing, the service will take a hit and they have stated that the planned strike will likely cause some disruption.

The service is still recovering from a cyber-attack on January 12 which crippled their systems and left them unable to track international deliveries. Not long before that, the CWU held postal strikes throughout December. Because of these strikes and the incident last month, some customers are reporting delays of up to a month for international postage.

Since last August, there have been 18 days of walkouts due to disputes and the owner of Royal Mail has estimated that industrial action has cost the company £200 million so far.

Royal Mail’s chief executive Simon Thompson also came under fire last month in parliament after allegedly giving inaccurate information to a parliamentary committee. 

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