Bexhill will have no Royal Mail postal deliveries or collection on Monday as a result of a postal workers’ walk-out.
Their day’s action comes as members of the Communication Workers’ Union attempt to protect their future livelihood in the industry in the wake of the sale of Royal Mail shares.
A spokesman told the Observer the action was “deeply regrettable” and asked the public to “be patient and support us.”
He said: “The taxpayer has lost over £1 billion already in this bungled fire sale of a cherished national institution. Postal workers cannot trade their shares for three years and we are far more concerned about our jobs than the share price.
“The share price increase is making profits for wealthy private investors and faceless institutions...We will not accept people maximising individual profit on the back of minimising the value, terms and conditions of postal workers. We’re determined this privatisation will not lead to the kind of job losses and downward pressure on pay and conditions we’ve seen in other industries and we’re seeking a legally-binding agreement to protect jobs. We want an agreement that will fully protect the our interests for the foreseeable future and to be legally binding and to set the benchmark for the industry as a whole. It’s postal workers who have turned this company round, and we’re not accepting privateers maximising their profits by minimising the value of our job, terms and conditions.
He added: “Our battle is about dealing with the impact of privatisation - it’s the battle we always knew was coming. It’s a battle we will win.”
Royal Mail responded it is “extremely disappointed” that CWU are to strike and talks with the union continue.
Royal Mail claimed the agreement proposed is “ground-breaking and competitive” and includes an 8.6 per cent increase in pay, allowance and overtime payments over three years, a legally-binding and enforceable contract with the CWU covering protection to terms and conditions, and
“increased levels of involvement by the CWU in the decision-making processes of the business, with stronger approaches to industrial bargaining to provide stability.”
It added: “We urge the CWU to call off the strike and focus on the talks. Any action, or the threat of disruption, is damaging to our business, especially in the run-up to Christmas, our busiest time... Royal Mail will do all it can to protect our business and our customers’ mail and we have robust contingency plans in place.”