Royal Mail workers have voted to strike over job insecurity and employment terms and conditions, raising fears there could be walkouts in the run-up to Christmas. Communication Workers Union (CWU) members backed industrial action by 97% in a turnout of almost 76%. The vote could potentially lead to the first national postal strike in a decade. The CWU said Royal Mail had not stuck to an agreement, which included plans to reduce the working week, reached last year. Terry Pullinger, the union’s deputy general secretary, said: “Our members take honour seriously and have voted to fight for that agreement against those who now seek to break up the great British postal service in the interest of fast-track profit and greed.” We want to hear from postal workers who are in favour of industrial action about why they feel it could be necessary to do so. Share your experiences Are you a Royal Mail employee and a member of the CWU? Did you vote in the ballot? Are you in favour of … [Read more...] about Royal Mail workers: did you vote to strike?
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Royal Mail workers have threatened to hit Christmas deliveries after voting for strikes in a row over job security. The Communication Workers Union claim Royal Mail is not sticking to an agreement over plans to reduce the working week and guarantee job security. The union's members today backed industrial action by 97% in a turnout of almost 76%. No date has yet been given but the timing of the action raises fears it could hit Christmas deliveries. The strike action was immediately backed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who branded the Royal Mail a 'privatisation failure'. Royal Mail workers have voted for strike action, potentially threatening Christmas deliveries Mr Corbyn tweeted: 'Thousands of posties have voted yes in record numbers for strike action in defence of their jobs. 'Royal Mail is a Tory-Lib Dem privatisation failure. Its sell off led to shareholders creaming profits off the top while running down the service. #WeRiseAgain' Union General Secretary Dave Ward … [Read more...] about Royal Mail workers threaten to ruin Christmas as they vote massively in favour of strike action during festive period in dispute over job security and employment terms and conditions
Royal Mail workers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of striking in a dispute over job security and employment terms and conditions, raising the threat of industrial action in the run-up to Christmas. Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) backed action by 97% in a huge turnout of almost 76%. The CWU said Royal Mail was not sticking to an agreement reached last year covering a wide range of issues, including plans to reduce the working week, as well as job security. Industrial relations at the company have worsened this year, with widespread unofficial strikes breaking out virtually every week. Terry Pullinger, the CWU’s deputy general secretary, said the union and its members were facing the “fight of our lives”. The CWU said the result represented the largest vote in favour of national industrial action since the passing of the Trade Union Act 2016. The union said the prospect of the first national postal strike in a decade now “looms large”. … [Read more...] about Christmas postal strike looms after Royal Mail workers vote for action
The Queen, along with Prince Charles, could make more than £100million a year from the huge expansion of offshore windfarms The Queen and Prince Charles could make more than £100million a year from the huge expansion of offshore windfarms – thanks to a change in the way that the monarchy is funded. The green energy earnings of the Royal Family are being significantly boosted by an auction, which formally began last week, for the biggest offshore windpower development in the world. If they were still being paid by the long-established Civil List, the Royals would not have benefited. However, the then Chancellor George Osborne replaced it in 2012 with the Sovereign Grant. Crucially, the deal gives the Queen 25 per cent of the profits from the Crown Estate, which owns the seabed within Britain's territorial waters that extend almost 14 miles from the coast. The Crown Estate charges rent equal to two per cent of revenues for use of its seabeds for windfarms and … [Read more...] about Queen’s £100m a year windfall: Green energy earnings of the Royal Family are set to be boosted by an auction for the biggest offshore windpower development in the world
The British Royal Family is the original Coronation Street – a long-running soap opera with the occasional real coronation thrown in. Its members have become celebrities, like upmarket film stars, attracting often fawning coverage. So it’s easy to feel that we know the Windsors and that, in some ways, they are just like us. Yet the truth is that the disconnect between the Royals and the public is vast, not least in terms of the extraordinary fortunes they have quietly amassed for themselves. Some Royal wealth is conspicuous. Take Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House, for example: both were bought with public funds and qualify for taxpayer support when they are used for official business. They remain the Queen’s private property, all the same. Less obvious are the breathtaking tax breaks, the lavish state subsidies and an all-encompassing secrecy that hides the Windsors’ gluttonous excesses. Regular attempts to nail down the private wealth of the Queen … [Read more...] about Where did Princess Margaret get £20m and how about the Queen mother’s £70m legacy? In his controversial new book, MP Norman Baker examines the family’s finances as he accuses the Windsors of Right Royal Robbery