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Posties Out In Strike Over Hours

Coventry’s post service was at a standstill today as unions staged a 24-hour walk-out on the busiest day of the year.

Only special and guaranteed deliveries were being made today by managers and temporary staff.

Post boxes around the city were being emptied, but it is expected to be Thursday before the backlog of deliveries is cleared.

Around 500 members of the Communications Workers’ Union were on strike in a dispute over working hours. They say a national agreement to reduce the number of working days from six to five a week has not been implemented in Coventry.

Mike Dalton of the Royal Mail said that the post would be back to normal in time for Christmas, as the last first class posting day was Thursday.

He said although the union’s grievance was a genuine one, they were being criticised for the timing of the action.

He said:

“There was no need to take this action at this time, nor to do it in a way that would affect customers.”
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