Further disruption to county's postal service as more strikes announced
POSTAL services in Huntingdon and the surrounding villages face further disruption with another strike planned to take place in the town next week. Staff at Huntingdon Royal Mail delivery office in St Peter s Road are set to stage a 24-hour walk-out from
POSTAL services in Huntingdon and the surrounding villages face further disruption with another strike planned to take place in the town next week.
Staff at Huntingdon Royal Mail delivery office in St Peter's Road are set to stage a 24-hour walk-out from 3am on Monday, (August 24).
This follows previous industrial action across the county earlier this month and in Huntingdon on Friday, August 7.
The Communications Workers Union (CWU) says it has "no other alternative than to take further industrial action" in response to Royal Mail's "increasing attacks on its members' terms and conditions".
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In Huntingdon the CWU claims Royal Mail plans to cut the nightshift, leaving the day staff to pick up the extra work, impacting on delivery times and quality of service.
As part of the latest wave of announced industrial action, Royal Mail lorry drivers across the PE postcode area will be striking for 24 hours from 4am on Wednesday (August 19).
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The action will impact on the delivery and collection of mail throughout the PE postcode area.
Offices set to strike this week or next week, include Kings Lynn, Peterborough, Boston and Skegness.
Other offices planning action over the same period, includes Ely, Cambridge, Thetford, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.
Adam Oakes, CWU area delivery representative, said: "Royal Mail is continuing to refuse to reach national agreements; they are now forcing the local postmen and women to take on extra work that they simply have not got time to complete within the duty times."
Royal Mail has condemned the strikes saying they damage customer confidence and undermine the service.
A RM spokesman said: "We condemn the CWU for striking locally over much-needed modernisation and change which has already been successfully implemented by our people in the majority of offices around the UK and is working well.