Royal Mail could face strike over pay

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) Union has urged Royal Mail employees to take industrial action over pay.

The union has distributed letters to its members saying that the Royal Mail has offered nothing on basic consolidated pay for the 2007 pay review. In the letter, Dave Ward, deputy general secretary (Postal) of CWU, said: "At this stage Royal Mail are offering you nothing on basic pay. Royal Mail says you are ‘over paid and under worked.’"

According to the letter, Royal Mail is reportedly planning approximately £350m of cuts and new flexible working practices which include, removing all night shifts and clearing boxes no more than twice per day. The Royal Mail is apparently offering lump sums ranging between £250 and £550 conditional on the union agreeing to its list of cuts.

"Unless there is a dramatic change in Royal Mail’s attitude, there is no prospect of us reaching an agreement and a major dispute is inevitable," said Ward.

Negotiations will continue over the next few days, but the CWU has said that if the Royal Mail refuses to change its current approach to pay then an industrial action ballot will follow.