Christmas post deliveries are
to be affected in Coventry after union leaders announced a 24-hour
strike in a dispute over working conditions.
There will be no deliveries in Coventry on Monday
and the few collections that are carried out from boxes will be
carried out by temporary staff and managers.
Members of the Communication
Workers’ Union voted for the stoppage after failing to make a
breakthrough in the long-running row.
They are to stage a 24-hour
walk-out at the Bishop Street sorting office from midnight on Sunday.
It expected to cause havoc as it is the busiest time of the year for
the post service.
CWU regional office Mick
Kavanagh said discussions in London aimed at stopping the action had
failed. He added that the area manager from Coventry “couldn’t be
bothered” to go to the meeting.
The dispute is over a national
agreement over working hours, which CWU members in Coventry say
isn’t being implemented locally.
The working week should have
been reduced from six days to five, and from 41.5 hours to 40.
should have been implemented months ago, but industrial action was
decided on in August after it was revealed that only 30 per cent of
workers in Coventry had been transferred to the new arrangements.
Mail spokesman Mike Dalton said area managers were not supposed to go
to national meetings to discuss these matters, and the unions would
have protested had they been in London.
said the agreement provided for a five-day week where it could be
achieved within the budgets, and this did not mean that all workers
should expect it.
Dalton said the workers were bringing maximum disruption to customers
at the busiest time of year.
keep the ballot going they only need to take action for 15 minutes.
They could return to work after that to minimise inconvenience to
Dalton added that discussions would continue with unions in the New