Bristol postal workers set strike date
ROYAL Mail staff in south Bristol have set the date for their first strike in the run-up to Christmas.
Workers at the Mead Street depot – which delivers to addresses in Brislington, St Anne's Park, Knowle, Knowle West, Stockwood and Whitchurch – will walk out for 24 hours on Monday, December 10.
Other strikes could follow before Christmas.
A statement by the Communication Workers Union said no post would be delivered from the depot, which serves BS4 and BS14 post codes, on that day.
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Bristol CWU area official David Wilshire said: "Management still fail to grasp the extent of the problem and continue to bury their heads in the sand.
"We will be meeting our members at the depot on Tuesday morning to prepare for the strike."
The strike comes after talks to resolve issues at the depot broke down.
The union claims the branch is understaffed, employees are over-worked and struggle to complete their deliveries. It also alleges "bullying and harassment", which Royal Mail denies.
A total of 63 postal workers at Mead Street had been balloted on whether they wanted to take industrial action – 51 said yes and 12 said no.
Royal Mail spokesman Adrian Booth said: "We are urging staff based at Mead Street to continue working as normal and to allow the nationally agreed process for resolving issues of concern to continue.
"We are disappointed they have decided to take industrial action on a peak day in the run-up to Christmas, which is our busiest period as we deliver customers' Christmas items.
"Royal Mail is determined to do all it can to maintain service to customers on December 10, with help from Royal Mail colleagues throughout the South West and the wider country, to deliver letters, cards and parcels.
"Customers seeking further information should ring Royal Mail's Customer Service helpline on 08457 740 740 or visit our website at www.royalmail.com, where there will be updates on the situation."