Britain's postal workers have offered to become an additional emergency service during the crisis: delivering food and medicine, and checking on the vulnerable. It's time Royal Mail got behind them.
For the third time in three years, the Communication Workers Union have delivered a national industrial action ballot in favour of strike action.
For the second time in the past six months, our postal workers have overcome the limits imposed on them by some of the harshest anti-union laws in Europe to show that too many are deeply unhappy with the current state of Royal Mail, and want to say so with action.
I would like to pay tribute to our members, who refused to be stifled or bullied, and wish to defend our postal services with their combined might.
This is despite CWU members, like the rest of the UK, being focused on the impact of the coronavirus crisis. This is a huge mandate both in support of their union but also in opposition to Royal Mail’s attacks on jobs and services and its plan to turn The Royal Mail into just another glorified parcels carrier.
The reality is that since we embarked on this ballot just two weeks ago, the growing health crisis is changing the country and rightly occupying all of our thoughts.
In recognition of the fact that Royal Mail Group is the only service that connects every address in this country through its universal service, something our dispute is seeking to protect, we have made a proposal to the company based on putting the interests of the nation first.