& the rest of London faces a summer of postal strikes
with the risk of up to five ballots for industrial action
by Royal Mail workers in the pipeline.
and consumers are concerned that any one of these could trigger
a London-wide walkout on the scale of last week's wildcat
strike, which crippled the postal system.
in Putney have voted to take action over the suspension of
a union official for allegedly harassing a female staff member
- even though Royal Mail says the official has been reinstated.
The reputation within SW15 of the delivery service is already
pretty poor and further strikes will not help their case with
Post Office says that "militant minority of union activists"
are leading the 20,000-strong workforce into an unnecessary
confrontation over vital changes to improve the capital's
Royal Mail source said today: "We hope it can be avoided
but we fear it may be a long, hot and unpleasant summer for
Communication Workers Union says the changes will affect efficiency
and force staff to relocate to offices further from home.
addition to the SW15 local case the delivery staff London
wide are being asked to vote on industrial action over the
Fit to Deliver scheme which the CWU claims will lead to earlier
starts and a cut in second deliveries. Royal Mail says it
will provide a shorter working week, higher basic and more