Kate is supporting members of the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) who work at Royal Mail in their fight over job security and terms and conditions of their employment.
On Tuesday 24 September the CWU is balloting its members for strike action in response to the proposed breakup of the company, threats to the Universal Service Obligation, which means that post is delivered at uniform prices across Britain six days a week, and a breach of national agreements.
The union is unhappy that the so-called ‘Four Pillars’ Agreement between Royal Mail and the CWU is being ignored by new CEO, Rico Black.
The Agreement includes pay rises, new pension proposals and a pledge to reduce weekly working hours from 39 to 35 by 2022, dependent on productivity improvements.
The result of the strike ballot is due on 15 October.
Kate hopes to meet with local postal workers to hear their concerns and show support.
Kate said, “Postal workers in my community do a brilliant job – and it’s a disgrace that their working conditions are under attack.
“I stand with local postal workers in their fight for job security.”
Terry Pullinger, deputy general secretary of the CWU, said: “This union and its membership are in the fight of our lives. We face an assault on our terms, conditions and national agreements like we have never seen before.”