Royal Mail Praises 'Common Sense' Strike Vote

Share this article:
Royal Mail executives called the rejection by British postal workers of a strike a "common-sense result" and said it would help the organization focus on its financial recovery.


Members of the Communications Workers Union voted against the first British postal strike in seven years by less than 2 percentage points despite urgings of support by union leadership.


Royal Mail had offered a 14.5 percent pay increase over 18 months based on productivity improvements with 4.5 percent guaranteed, but union leaders demanded more guaranteed money in the contract.


In a separate ballot, postal workers in London approved a strike, and the CWU has said it is considering its option in that area. In response, Royal Mail said it couldn't afford to give its London postal workers a better offer, and that service quality and modernization in London was trailing the rest of the country.


Contingency plans are in place to uphold mail safety and minimize delays in the event of a London strike, Royal Mail said.


Share this article:

Sign up to our newsletters

Follow us on Twitter @dmnews

Latest Jobs:

More in Direct Mail

Ricoh Strikes a Blow for Multichannel on a Small Scale

Ricoh Strikes a Blow for Multichannel on a ...

The company introduces a creative service to help print shops augment direct mail with email and pURL landing pages.

Delivered: Insurance Mailers

Delivered: Insurance Mailers

What's in our mailbox this month: Insurance mailers. See which ones cover all their bases—and which ones, not so much.

Marketing Challenge: Defending Direct

Marketing Challenge: Defending Direct

The new CEO wants to cut direct mail because of postal increases—even though DM is great for ROI. What would you do? Email your answers to ginger.conlon@dmnews.com by June 30 ...