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Relief for businesses and households as posties call halt to wildcat strikes

Published on October 19th 2007.

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Postal workers in Liverpool have voted unanimously to end their unofficial strike, the Communication Workers Union has said.

The decision was taken by more than 800 post staff during a meeting at The Liner Hotel after a week of wildcat action involving almost double that number, 1,500.

CWU official Mark Walsh said: "We are obviously glad to get our members back to work, get the public's mail out and keep negotiations about working hours on the table. There are no disciplinary issues outstanding."

Mr Walsh said post staff would head back to work on Thursday and deliveries should resume by Friday morning.

Postal workers in Liverpool started their unofficial strike on Wednesday last week. It had affected 21 sorting offices across Merseyside.

Before the meeting, Ray Lucas, financial secretary for the CWU in Merseyside, said staff were not worried about the possibility of losing their jobs when they return from work because of the unofficial action.

"They (Royal Mail) would have to have a workforce trained and ready to do that," he said.

Thursday was the eighth day of the wildcat strike in Merseyside which have caused severe disruption to individuals and businesses across the county.

Meanwhile, fresh talks are being held between both sides in the national dispute over pay, jobs and pensions.

Royal Mail said it could not estimate how big the backlog of post is and how long the backlog will take to clear in Merseyside.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "We're pleased for our customers that our people in Merseyside are returning to work this afternoon following unofficial industrial action.

"We apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused by this wildcat action, and we'll be doing all we can to ensure the backlog of mail is delivered and our service in Merseyside returns to normal as soon as possible."

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Tony ParrishOctober 18th 2007.

The guy above is a tosser, who obviously spends most of his life reading the Daily Mail. Give me the name and address of one single business in Liverpool which has closed as a direct result of the dispute? Extremist rubbish!But good on ya posties - nice to see a group of workers standing by their principles and standing up for themselves.

DROctober 18th 2007.

Good on ya lads - there'll now be parents who can stay home all week with their kids because your strike sent their businesses to the wall....

Geery BOctober 18th 2007.

Good on ya lads for sticking it out. I for one would not give up weekends with my family, especially when I'm being press-ganged.

andy lawrenceOctober 18th 2007.

good on yer lads, you've undermined the unions official strike and given the bosses the PR they needed. "united we stand, divided we fall". you should have stuck together with the other postmen in the country. all that's happened is you've turned more people against the postmen and women in general. I usually read the Guardian - should I start reading the daily mail now for saying what I've just said?

AnonymousOctober 18th 2007.

"nice to see a group of workers standing by their principles and standing up for themselves".... yes, but.... the whole idea of a Union is as the name suggests, joining together to protect their rights. One group going against the collective wish, as these have done, will only strengthen the hand of the business...

Lord StreetOctober 18th 2007.

It was such a pity that students were were so happy to sign up as scabs to do the work of the striking posties.And then they wonder why they are so hated by normal people.What the Daily Mail reading morons don't seem to appreciate is that strikers have NO income and undergo great privations for themselves and their families to stand up for principles.

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