More than 115,000 British postal workers are on strike over rising living costs for higher wages. The protest, which began at Royal Mail on Friday and is planned to last for four days, could threaten the smoothness of parcel deliveries. In Britain, it is the latest in a series of strikes by workers in a variety of industries grappling with high energy bills and inflation, Reuters reported.
“We’re going to fight very hard to get the pay rise our members deserve,” Communications Workers union general secretary Dave Ward told Sky News. The strike is the biggest strike by workers in Britain this summer, according to unions.
Royal Mail says it has offered union members a 5.5 percent pay rise, which would be the biggest rise in years. The union disputes this, saying the company raised wages by two percent and offered a further 1.5 percent, subject to a change in terms.
Britain’s century-old postal and delivery service has apologized to customers for delivery disruptions. It said it had contingency plans in place but could not fully replace the day-to-day duties of its frontline staff.
Royal Mail warned earlier this month that it could make a loss in the 2022 to 2023 financial year if the strike continued. Further strikes are planned for August 31 and September 8 and 9.
The investment fund Vesa Equity Investment of entrepreneurs Daniel Křetínský and Patrik Tkáč has a stake in Royal Mail. Reuters reported this week that Britain will use the new powers to examine whether Krétínský’s plan to increase its stake in Royal Mail to more than 25 percent is in the national interest.
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