Royal Mail workers report “psychic attacks” by management

Royal Mail strike

Postal workers on the picket line at Camden Town’s delivery office (Photo: Yui Mok/PA)

Striking Royal Mail workers have given bosses a stabbing blast and accused them of subjecting staff to “psychological assault”.

About 115,000 workers started their latest two-day strike yesterday as a dispute over pay and working conditions continued.

Dave Ward, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union, warned that more industrial action would follow – even on Christmas Eve, one of the busiest days of the year.

He claimed bosses “threaten our people every day.”

“If you leave mail behind because you can’t get it done during normal working hours, you’re at risk of being fired,” he said. “They are pushed into this delivery, this delivery and refuse to work overtime.

“They (Royal Mail) would rather have the quality of service outages than blame postal workers. Really, we’ve seen people resign. You’re sick of the attacks.”

Royal Mail said it was ready to resume talks to end the dispute.

Royal Mail strike

CWU general secretary Dave Ward has claimed Royal Mail bosses “threaten union workers every day” (Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Around 70,000 university teachers have since left. Jo Grady of the University and College Union said employees are fed up with falling wages, cut pensions and working conditions in the gig economy.

“Around 90,000 employees have fixed-term contracts. They want to have a career but are being prevented from putting down roots,” she added. Raj Jethwa of the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association said their call for a 13.6 percent pay rise was “unrealistic”.

And in Scotland, teachers staged their first national strike in almost 40 years, demanding a 10 per cent increase.

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