Second postal strike planned for Monday after negotiations break down
POSTAL workers are set to strike again in Bristol next week after negotiations over working conditions broke down yesterday.
Officials from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) met with Royal Mail bosses in London on Wednesday over complaints about new routes and allegations of harassment at the Mead Street depot in Bedminster.
The strike, which will take place on Monday, is the second in a series in the run up to Christmas. Postal workers are demanding one review into their workload and another into allegations of bullying and intimidation from managers.
Following the second day of arbitration service ACAS meetings in London yesterday, CWU Bristol area official David Wilshire said: "We have still been unable to conclude an agreement and the strike action on Monday therefore goes ahead."
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However, he added: "It's fair to say there has been some progress but it has been limited and not enough to call off the strike."We are still quite a way from any agreement. There will be no agreement until all the issues are resolved."
One hundred postal workers at the Royal Mail depot in Mead Street Bristol will be on strike on Monday 17 December 2012 for 24 hours.
The team delivers to 40,000 homes and businesses in the BS4 and BS14 areas.
Royal Mail spokesman Adrian Booth said that while agreement was not reached, they will continue to work to find a mutually acceptable conclusion.
He said: "While this work continues, we are asking the Union to suspend their plans for industrial action. We regret the CWU plans further industrial action.
"Royal Mail managers successfully delivered all mail due for delivery in South Bristol when staff based at the Mead Street delivery office took industrial action on Monday December 10, and we will deploy similar contingency measures if further industrial action goes ahead on Monday December 17.
"We know our customers' mail is very important to them, particularly at Christmas, and we will do all we can to keep their delivery services running."