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Tuesday 18th December 2012 | 14:52
CWU press release
Cleaners and engineers who work on contracts at Royal Mail will walk out on Friday (21st December) over an insulting pay offer.
The Communication Workers Union members are employed by facilities management company Romec - which is 50 per cent owned by Royal Mail.
The workers voted 91 per cent for strike action in a secret ballot.
They have been offered a below inflation 1.5 per cent pay rise which would leave most of them below the level of the living wage - while their bosses have trousered bonuses of between 9 and 15 per cent.
CWU national negotiator Ray Ellis said: “The company’s behavior has been totally hypocritical and the workers are furious.
“We have been taking part in talks this week at the conciliation service ACAS and urge management to avoid the strike by upping their offer.”
Billy Hayes, CWU general secretary, said: “The whole union is behind the Romec workers.”
The 1,900 union members clean, maintain and repair Royal Mail premises and equipment across the UK.
The strike could leave facilities unrepaired and premises not cleaned – with consequences for health and safety.
Romec - which is a joint venture between Royal Mail and Balfour Beatty – exceeded all its business targets last year.