Labour and Co-operative MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has urged Royal Mail to listen to postal workers defending their jobs following an overwhelming strike ballot result.

Staff in the Royal Mail have been balloted over strike action due to concerns that an agreement reached with management last year to raise pay and terms and conditions is not being honoured.

More than 97% of workers voted for strike action, on a turnout of 75.9%. This would be the first national postal strike in a decade.

Anna said:

“The ballot on strike action was overwhelming and it is a clear sign that posties will not stand by and allow the hard fought agreement on pay and terms and conditions, secured a year ago, to be undermined. They are standing up to protect jobs at a great British institution which has been undermined by privatisation. I stand proudly with them and urge management to get back to the table and resolve this.”

Neil Bendelow, Political Rep for the Communication Workers Union Cleveland Amalgamated Branch, said:

“Royal Mail want to TUPE out Parcelforce and its workforce, which is close to 6000 staff, and make it a separate business. They also want to look at the legally binding protections we currently have. We are very concerned that they want to sell off Parcelforce and then what next? This is a wake up call to Rico Back to engage with the trade union in meaningful negotiations to avoid a potential Christmas strike.”

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