Royal Mail staff are set to disrupt postal services in a rolling programme of strikes after ministers unveiled plans for a £3bn privatisation of the postal service within six weeks.
As the government embarked on a state sell-off, confirming the sale of at least half of Britain’s 497-year-old postal service, the Communications Workers Union warned it was planning a series of strikes that could paralyse deliveries nationwide.
Billy Hayes, deputy general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), said Royal Mail’s 150,000 workers would not stand by and watch "people in the City and the board make a killing" from a privatisation that threatens frontline workers’ pay and conditions. He added: "This isn’t about what’s best for the Royal Mail, it’s about vested interests of government ministers’ mates in the City." Hayes also warned that strike action "now looks more likely than ever".