5 April 2020

The Communication Workers’ Union, (CWU) representing thousands of postal workers, has put forward comprehensive proposals to ensure our mail is still delivered, and that delivery and sorting office staff have safe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CWU members in Scotland have contacted Richard Leonard, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, highlighting the lack of PPE, the impact of reduced staff numbers due to members self-isolating or caring for others, and calling for Royal Mail to prioritise personal mail deliveries, medical supplies, and essential mail, rather than advertising material for shops and businesses.

Royal Mail has now withdrawn from discussions with the CWU.

Richard Leonard MSP, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, said:

“This is not the time to walk away from constructive proposals from the CWU trade union.

“These proposals would ensure a postal service adapted to the emergency situation in which we are all living, and on which so many communities and isolated households, depend.

“It is also irresponsible for Royal Mail to fail to address the workforce concerns over safe working practices and adherence to all the guidance issued by the UK Government.

I am aware that the CWU General Secretary has now written to the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma, calling for the Government to intervene and ensure a postal service continues across the country, whilst also ensuring safe working conditions for staff.

“I am urging Royal Mail to work with the workforce to provide the service we all need.”
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