Strike threat over postal move changes
4:50pm Saturday 10th September 2011 in News
Angry postal workers are considering strike action in their fight against the closure of Fishguard sorting office.
Local union rep Dai Thomas says members are prepared to defend local postal services by taking strike action if necessary.
Dai said: “Members are extremely angry at Royal Mail’s decision to move the delivery operation from Fishguard.”
The union says that if the move goes ahead as planned on October 31st, the 17 postal workers will be expected to deliver Fishguard mail from Haverfordwest, which will mean travelling an extra 200 miles a week, adding nearly two hours to their working day.
Gary Williams, branch secretary of the Communication Workers Union, said: “This is not about good public service, but the chance for Royal Mail to save some money by selling off the sorting office building.”
Ian Edwards, delivery and collection director for Wales, said Royal Mail was confident the move would provide improved working conditions, secure employment and a more cost-effective operation.
He said: “We are confident that with this newly merged office fully operational, we will be well placed to meet our customers’ need for a consistent and reliable postal service, both now and in the future.”