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UK News Royal Mail says union rejects strike offer as UK election looms

15:00  04 november  2019
15:00  04 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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But Communications Workers Union leader Dave Ward said : " Royal Mail has abandoned our agreed approach in favour of a short sighted business plan that amounts to a A spokesman for Royal Mail said it is "very disappointed" at the decision to ballot for strike action, adding: "Our belief is that the

a red car parked in a parking lot: A Royal Mail postal worker stands in the yard of a sorting office in Altrincham, © Reuters/PHIL NOBLE A Royal Mail postal worker stands in the yard of a sorting office in Altrincham, LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Mail said the Communications Workers Union (CWU) had rejected its offer aimed at avoiding strike action for the rest of the year, a move that could affect mail deliveries ahead of a general election in December.

Royal Mail wrote to the CWU to say that if the union provided a binding commitment to remove the threat of strike action for the rest of 2019, the company would enter into discussions without preconditions.

"The CWU has said it is not prepared to take up this offer made by Royal Mail," a Royal Mail statement on Monday said.

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Royal Mail ’s decision to close its defined-benefit, final-salary scheme from next March has outraged unionsReuters. The spectre of a nationwide strike Even pensions experts believe that Royal Mail ’s offer of an apparent halfway-house solution was unsatisfactory as it would keep the postal group on

Royal Mail ’s latest pension offer has been rejected by the union representing front-line staff, pushing the postal operator closer to its first national strike It set out a new plan that it described as a “fair proposal that compares favourably with the retirement benefits offered in our industry”, adding that it

The CWU did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its plans ahead of the election.

On Twitter, it said its strike ballot was called well before the election, and that if a previous coalition government led by the Conservatives "hadn't forced the outrageous privatisation of Royal Mail we wouldn't be here".

The union said last month that its members voted by 97% in favour of a nationwide strike because the company had failed to adhere to a pension deal agreed last year.

An early general election is set for Dec. 12 after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was unable to get his deal for Britain to leave the European Union through parliament by a deadline of Oct. 31.

"In the event of industrial action in the run up to a General Election, election mail will be our number one priority. We will invest significant resource to seek to ensure a seamless process for the handling of postal election material," Shane O'Riordain, Royal Mail managing director of regulation and corporate affairs, said.

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All the latest breaking UK and world news with in-depth comment and analysis, pictures and videos from MailOnline and the Daily Mail . But senior Tories, including party chairman James Cleverly, immediately ruled out agreeing to Mr Farage's offer as the Brexit Party and the Conservatives were

He said the Royal Mail 's position had worsened since his report in December 2008 and its £10billion pension deficit was even more unsustainable. But the Communication Workers Union , which held strikes last year over modernisation, has not ruled out fresh action to keep Royal Mail wholly publicly

Royal Mail volunteers would work on processing and delivering election mail, he added.

"A binding commitment from the CWU to remove the threat of strike action during the period of any general election is vital to ensuring a seamless electoral process in relation to postal votes," O'Riordain said.

Royal Mail said it was meeting the CWU to discuss the union's request for an increase in payments postal workers receive for delivering poll cards and mail sent by parliamentary candidates.

The former British monopoly faces the threat of renationalisation from the opposition Labour Party, which plans to return utilities including National Grid and SSE , train companies and Royal Mail to public ownership.

Labour moved sharply to the left under its leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is hoping to exploit turmoil over Brexit to win power.

(The story was refiled to remove extraneous words from first paragraph)

(Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; editing by Giles Elgood)

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