Between 40-50 postmen and women took part in a picket outside the delivery depot on Mead Street, south Bristol this morning. Almost 100 staff at the site were taking part in a second 24-hour strike, following on from previous action taken last Monday, 10th December.
Workers are striking over heavy workloads, Royal Mail’s breaking of a national agreement and work revisions at the depot, and bullying and intimidation from management.
Representatives from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) were in talks with Royal Mail at ACAS in London on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, to try and resolve the issues. However, Royal Mail refused to budge and the strike action went ahead.
It is believed that during the strikes around 250 managers have been brought in to do the work that just under 100 staff usually do, with some being accommodated in hotels the night before. Despite this, Royal Mail management have somehow still been trying to save face by saying that the impact of the strikes has been minimal.
At the rally today a CWU rep said that this would be the last strike action before Christmas, and that a ‘period of reflection’ would be held into the new year to best decide how to take the issue forward. News will come some time in early January, in the meantime Bristol IWW would like to send the posties involved in the strikes our best wishes. Solidarity.