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Royal Mail postal dispute staff work shifts without pay

PUBLISHED: 08:01 03 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 05 October 2010

POSTAL workers were on duty two nights without pay after they refused to stop deliveries and decided to sort parcels instead. The workers at the huge East London sorting centre at Bromley-by-Bow involved in a long dispute with Royal Mail said they needed to continue their work to make sure deliveries were maintained

By Julia Gregory

POSTAL workers were on duty two nights without pay after they refused to stop deliveries and decided to sort parcels instead.

The workers at the huge East London sorting centre at Bromley-by-Bow involved in a long dispute with Royal Mail said they needed to continue their work to make sure deliveries were maintained.

Some 29 workers were taken off pay’ as they insisted on carrying on with their work rather than switching to sort packets instead, according to the Communication Workers’ Union.

“They had their own work that needed delivering,” union area rep Angela Mulcahy told the East London Advertiser.

“More importantly they will be diverting all Second Class mail from East London and we don’t know how long the delay will be.”

There have been backlogs from postboxes as part of the national dispute between Royal Mail and the postal workers over threats to jobs.

Around 9,000 postal workers in East London have been joining pickets during this summer’s series of industrial action.

Royal Mail insisted in cannot accept the disruption to services caused by individuals refusing to work normally and was not prepared to continue to pay those who were “not prepared to work normally.”


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