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Industrial action in Royal Mail 7 June 2007

It has been announced today that Royal Mail’s postal staff have voted in favour of industrial action as a result of unsuccessful pay negotiation talks between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

The CWU has announced there will be a series of walkouts but as yet no dates have been revealed. However the CWU is required by UK employment legislation to provide a minimum of seven days notice and full details of the type of industrial action to Royal Mail.

Isle of Man Post Office’s Operations Director, Mike Kelly, said:

Isle of Man Post Office would like to make it clear that its employees are not involved in this industrial action and that local services on the Island will not be affected. However, whilst I can assure our customers that every effort will be taken to minimise any disruption caused as a result of the action in the UK, it is inevitable that services to and from the Island will be affected should action take place. Royal Mail will put contingency arrangements in place to maintain their premium service, Special Delivery and Parcelforce. These arrangements will include items to and from the Island.”

He added:

We are also discussing further contingency arrangements with other postal service operators. However it must be appreciated that only Royal Mail currently offers a full national coverage of delivery service.”

Further information will be provided when the dates for the action are known.

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