Postal workers strike again

PUBLISHED: 17:20 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 16 August 2010

THOUSANDS of postal workers are set to go on strike for a fourth time this year causing chaos at businesses in the area.

THOUSANDS of postal workers are set to go on strike for a fourth time this year causing chaos at businesses in the area.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) in London has decided that further industrial action is needed before the dispute over the modernization of the post office can be settled.

Some 12,500 workers downed tools on Monday in Woolwich, Anerley, Blackheath and Charlton in a strike expected to last until 3am yesterday.

Daniella McKnight, office manager at a solicitors firm in Blackheath said: "It's brought chaos. We provide a service to our clients with legal documents going in and out. People depend on solicitor's letters, especially when buying a house, they need these documents.

"Royal Mail is making us aware of its bad points, and we are learning how to survive without it. People have had to be very resourceful."

A spokesperson for the CWU said: "We are desperately trying to avoid it however we're a trade union not a holiday club. We apologise, but at the end of the day it's not us who started this."

London divisional representative for the CWU, Martin Walsh, added: "The CWU would like to apologize to the public and our customers for the inconvenience caused. It is very sad that we and our members have to take more industrial action. However both Royal Mail management and the government are discriminating against the London membership with their sectarian attitudes. This is nothing short of a disgrace."

Royal Mail's managing director, Mark Higson, said: "In the first week of October, Royal Mail will have successfully completed the major efficiency changes planned for 2009, both nationally and in London, under the 2007 Pay and Modernisation Agreement.

"We again urge the union leadership to continue talks with us about building a strong future for our business as we

build on these changes and further

modernise and improve efficiency through 2010 and beyond.

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