Postal workers in Chichester are to be balloted about going on strike.
Over 65 Royal Mail employees attended a meeting on Friday at the entrance to its Basin Road depot to be informed about an impending ballot by the CWU.
The union will be sending out ballot papers on Tuesday. The result will be announced on October 8.
The meeting was led by the CWU’s area delivery rep, Paul Mountain. He said: “We have been forced into the position of having to ballot our members nationally due to the actions of our new chief executive, Rico Back.”
He said Mr Back wanted to ignore a deal between the union and company in January, 2018, which protected staff terms and conditions, prevented a two-tier workforce, banned zero-hour contracts, stopped the company from being broken up, protected core delivery of letters and parcels together and protected the six-day universal service obligation.
he also said that in the case of Chichester, larger parcels would no longer be delivered by their regular postie and only 300 offices out of 1,400 would deliver larger items and these would be done on separate afternoon routes.
“This will undermine the sustainability of the six day a week service that delivers and collects once a day,” said Mr Mountain.
“Mr Back, unlike previous chief executives, will actively support the universal service being reduced.
“Along with the parcel strategy, this could potentially lead to anything between 25,000 to 50,000 job losses. Mr Back has also announced splitting Parcelforce from the Royal Mail group which we believe is just the start of the break-up of Royal Mail.”
Royal Mail’s Shane O’Riordain said: “We are committed to an open and constructive engagement with the CWU.
“We all want a successful and sustainable company that provides good quality jobs, fairness in workloads and continues delivering the universal service.”