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by Wendy Wan
A national two day postal strike has gone ahead this morning after a last minute deal was not reached by Royal Mail and union leaders yesturday.
After lengthy talks from both sides, the two parties failed to agree on terms of pay, conditions, and modernisation of the Royal Mail, leading up to 120,000 members of the CWU to walk out this morning and tomorrow.
Dave Ward, Deputy General Secretary of the CWU said that they were “disappointed that despite extensive talks with the Royal Mail, the company has dismissed our offers to resolve the dispute.” The CWU in a statement also said that they felt that the Royal Mail had “no intention of resolving dispute,” after internal documents of the Royal Mail were leaked to the media last week.
However, they still hope to hold “unconditional talks” at the ACAS.
The two day strike will set to disrupt mail deliveries across the country and add to the increasing back log of mail. In a statement, Mark Higson, Managing Director of the Royal Mail, urged members of the CWU “to abandon its unjustified strikes and to help the business deliver the service our customers deserve.”
The Royal Mail is also set to lose from the dispute after it was revealed that the SNP Government has awarded an £8 million deal to TNT to deliver second class government mail. The deal will see TNT delivering to 89 public sector bodies across Scotland.
The deal however has led to cries of “utter hypocrisy” from Frank Doran, Labour MP for Aberdeen North, after SNP ministers have previously expressed their support of the post office.