Royal Mail workers’ strike cancelled

Royal Mail workers’ strike cancelled

A Royal Mail workers’ strike planned for Monday has been called off after progress was made in talks over pay and pensions. The Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said they were committed to “finalising an agreement” by 13 November. The planned industrial action would have been the first national strike at Royal […]

Royal Mail workers to go on strike in November

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 […]

Labour plans last-ditch bid to halt Royal Mail sale

Labour plans last-ditch bid to halt Royal Mail sale

(Reuters) – The Labour party will seek to halt the privatisation of the Royal Mail postal service by calling a last-minute parliamentary debate on the issue, the party’s postal spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday. Earlier this month the Conservative-led coalition government notified markets of its intention to sell off a majority stake in the 497-year […]

Dragons would snarl at the Royal Mail sell-off

Dragons would snarl at the Royal Mail sell-off

The Observer’s Simon Goodley reports that Michael Fallon, the government’s chief salesman on the Royal Mail privatisation, previously worked for Duncan Bannatyne, the entrepreneur from television’s Dragons’ Den… If privatisation chief Michael Fallon pitched this investment to his ex-boss Duncan Bannatyne, he’d be seen off by the TV panel. So it’s acceptable to fantasise how […]

Surcharge dispute halted – until September

Surcharge dispute halted – until September

Royal Mail has agreed to suspend surcharges on envelopes which fail to meet its specification requirements until September. The charges, which dramatically increased in number earlier this year, had been the subject of a bitter dispute between Royal Mail and mailing houses until the Direct Marketing Association stepped in. In addition to suspending charges until […]