Royal Mail workers to go on strike in November

Royal Mail workers have voted to go on national 24-hour strike on 4 November.

The vote, which the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said was four-to-one in favour, would be the first national strike at Royal Mail in almost four years.

It says it is holding the strike to protect workers’ terms and conditions at the privatised Royal Mail.

The Royal Mail said in a statement that it was “very disappointed” by the announcement.

The CWU added that it was hoping to agree a settlement in the next two weeks which would avert the strike.

Royal Mail staff were given free shares in the company, in an attempt to improve labour relations.

On Tuesday, Royal Mail confirmed that full-time staff would receive 725 shares, worth £3,545 at Tuesday’s close.

Sources: BBC News, Communications Workers Union press release