Postal workers in Bognor Regis are to be balloted about going on strike.
A near full turnout of some 80 Royal Mail employees attended a meeting on Tuesday at the entrance to its Clarence Road depot to be informed about an impending ballot by the CWU.
The union will be sending out ballot papers on September 24. The result will be announced on October 8.
The meeting was led by the CWU’s area delivery rep, Paul Mountain. He said:
“We have been forced into the position of having to ballot our members nationally due to the actions of our new chief executive, Rico Back.”
He said Mr Back wanted to ignore a deal between the union and company in January 2018 which protected the staff’s terms and conditions, protected its core delivery of letters, the six day a week universal service to every postal address and stopped the company being split up.
Mr Back has already stated he wants to remove larger parcels from delivery depots like that in Bognor Regis.
“This will undermine the sustainability of the six day a week service that delivers and collects once a day,” said Mr Mountain.
“Mr Back, unlike previous chief executives, will actively support the universal service being reduced.
“Along with the parcel strategy, this could potentially lead to anything between 25,000 to 50,000 job losses.”
Royal Mail’s Shane O’Riordain said:
“We are committed to an open and constructive engagement with the CWU.
“We all want a successful and sustainable company that provides good quality jobs, fairness in workloads and continues delivering the universal service.”