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Updates as 150 Royal Mail staff stage walk out in Grimsby over 'bullying and harassment'

09 Aug 2018, 11:15

https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news ... st-1878087

Postal staff from the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Grimsby have staged a walk out this morning over allegations of bullying and harassment by management.

Around 150 members of the delivery staff started industrial action this morning, walking out of their office at 9am and staging a protest at the front gates.

Representatives from the Communication Workers Union are at the scene supporting staff and will be meeting with management in order to find out if they are able to resolve the issues.

Because of the industrial action it is unlikely that any post will be delivered to customers in North East Lincolnshire today.

It is not known how long the strike is expected to last, with union representatives saying that it will depend entirely on the progress of negotiations with management.

Follow updates below


11:10
Lorry driver refuses to enter
A postal delivery lorry had turned up to the office full of letters, but has turned around refusing to cross the picket line

11:08
Protesters speak
One worker from the scene said: “We want to resolve this as much as anyone. If things get sorted soon we will be back at work.
“We don’t want a work load building up.”

11:06
Union reps in negotiation with Royal Mail
Union representative Kevin Lester said: “We have started negotiations with the business. So far we have an offer which will see us go back to work.

“This has been refused and we will enter further talks.”

10:43
Staff updated on negotiations
CWU representatives update staff on the negotiations, as of yet nothing has been resolved and the strike will continue.

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Union representatives give staff an update on the negotiations

10:40
Staff gather at one gate
The striking postal workers have now assembled at one gate outside the delivery office

ROYAL MAIL STAFF ASSEMBLE AT ONE GATE OUTSIDE THE OFFICE
10:33
Around 150 postal staff have started industrial action

10:32
Staff at the delivery office gates
Postal staff have walked out of work this morning and are striking at the gates of the Royal Mail Delivery Office.

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Staff at the gates of the Royal Mail Delivery Office as they stage a strike over allegations of bullying and harassment

10:27
Senior manager arrives
A senior manager from Lincoln has now arrived to see if the strike can be resolved.

10:26
Management arriving for talks
Management have started arriving at the delivery office to begin talks with the union and staff.

10:25
Water bottles
Water bottles have been delivered for the members of staff
Water bottles have been delivered for the members of staff
10:25
Water brought for staff
Water bottles have been delivered to help keep the workers hydrated during their industrial action

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Water bottles have been brought in to keep the striking workers hydrated

10:16
'Trying to minimise disruption'
“We are doing all we can to minimise this disruption and we encourage our staff to come back to work. The customer service point remains open for the pick-up of mail. Royal Mail is fully committed to the process to resolve concerns of postal workers based in Grimsby by following the national jointly agreed framework with the Communication Workers Union.”

10:15
Royal Mail statement
A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “Royal Mail is disappointed that un-balloted industrial action has taken place this morning at Grimsby delivery office. We sincerely apologise to customers in the area for any disruption to their mail services.

10:14
Vans at the depot
Royal Mail vans remain parked at the depot as staff go on strike

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Royal Mail vans remained parked at the delivery office

10:12
150 people stage walk out
Around 150 members of staff have staged the walk out and have assembled at the gates of the delivery office

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150 North East Lincolnshire postal workers have gone on strike. They are pictured outside the Royal Mail depot in Fotherby Street, Grimsby


10:10
Negotiations to start soon - CWU
“We are going to be entering negotiations with the management to see if we are able to resolve the issues and we will keep people updated on the progress of these throughout the day.”

10:09
Bullying and harrasment claims
“We have staged the walk out over allegations of bullying and harassment towards staff by management.

“We are unable to go into detail about the allegations at the moment.

10:08
Communication Wokers Union statement
Communication Workers Union representative Kevin Lester said: “The staff at the Grimsby Royal Mail Delivery Office have staged a walk out and started official industrial action this morning.

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Communication Workers Union representative Kevin Lester, right speaks to GrimsbyLive's Connor Lynch on the picket line

10:06
Staff start industrial action
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Royal Mail staff on strike outside the Fotherby Street depot


Updates as 150 Royal Mail staff stage walk out in Grimsby over 'bullying and harassment'

09 Aug 2018, 14:48

how many places have to go out on unofficial action due to b&h before cwu nationally take the lead and say enough is enough

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