Lancashire

Wildcat strikes by Preston postal workers disrupt deliveries

Postal services in Preston have been disrupted by three days of wildcat strikes at a city delivery office.

Staff walked out of Preston Central Delivery Office on Friday, after a worker was suspended following "an argument" with a manager.

A Communication Workers Union spokesman said workers also wanted the manager to be suspended while an investigation into the incident was carried out.

The Royal Mail said it was trying to "limit the impact" of the action.

The action has been causing problems with deliveries in the PR0, PR1, PR2, PR3, PR4 and PR11 postcode areas of Preston.

'Looking for parity'

Royal Mail delivery director Adrian Fielding said the company was "urging colleagues to return to work immediately and stop this unnecessary inconvenience to our customers".

He said the action related to "a conduct case involving one individual in the office" and Royal Mail "has robust procedures to deal with such matters which cover equally all members of staff".

He said managers were "unable to complete our investigation under these procedures until colleagues return to work".

He added that Royal Mail had "drafted in additional managers who are doing their very best to deliver mail and limit the impact of this industrial action on our customers".

Lenny Crook of the Communication Workers Union said the workers were "only looking for parity".

"A suspension is not an admission of guilt and the workers just want the manager to be treated the same as the worker," he said.

He added that the union and workers had been having daily meetings with management at the site in an attempt to resolve the issue.

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