Coronavirus: Posties offer to halt strike and act as a 'new emergency service'

Updated: Mar 19, 2020

The postal workers' union has vowed to halt plans for a strike so posties can act as an "emergency service" for people in need due to coronavirus.

Union chiefs say posties could deliver medical aid, check on the elderly and vulnerable and support people working from home as COVID-19 spreads across the country.

The Communication Workers Union today announced members had voted for industrial action by 94.5%, on a 63.4% turnout - after a lengthy legal battle with Royal Mail.

But CWU general secretary Dave Ward said "it is not the right moment" to strike and the union would need to "act in a very responsible way."

He said he will hold talks with Royal Mail's chief executive tomorrow and offer to put the strike on hold - if demands from the union to protect workers' safety, and drop "ridiculous" changes to working practices, are accepted.

"There needs to be a truce while we deal with this national crisis," he said.