Royal Mail managers have vowed to take strike action in a dispute over jobs.
Members of Unite have backed walkouts by 86% and by 89% in Northern Ireland. The strikes come as Unite say Royal Mail plan to cut 542 frontline delivery managers’ jobs alongside a redeployment programme to bring in worsening terms and conditions.
The ongoing dispute involves about 2,400 managers across more than 1,000 delivery offices. Strike dates are due to be announced in the coming days and Unite has called for management to return to the negotiating table to reach a settlement to avoid disruption.
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Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “It is no surprise at all that these workers have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.
“Make no mistake, Royal Mail is awash with cash – there is no need whatsoever to sack workers, drive down pay or pursue this ill-thought-out redeployment programme.
“These plans are all about boardroom greed and profiteering and nothing whatsoever to do with securing this vital public service. Shareholders have been seizing the Royal Mail profits, while our members have been holding the service together. Enough is enough.
“Our Royal Mail members are guaranteed Unite’s 100% support in any industrial action they take this summer to get the company off this ruinous path.”