// Christmas & Black Friday deliveries could be disrupted by Royal Mail strike
// The Communications Workers Union balloted 100,000 Royal Mail colleagues last month to take industrial action
The Royal Mail has warned that online shopping deliveries could face huge disruption during the crucial Black Friday and Christmas period, if workers agreed to strike.
The news follows the Communications Workers Union’s initiative last month to collect the signatories of 100,000 Royal Mail staff, to take action against issues such as job security and employment conditions.
The results will be announced tomorrow, with reports suggesting there may be a mass walk out if the strike went ahead.
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To add to retailers’ woes, the Communications Workers Union has proposed that workers strike either over Christmas or Black Friday – two of the busiest times of the year for the retail industry.
Moreover, last week an unofficial strike by Royal Mail delivery workers against management racism was sold out by the Communications Workers Union after a scabbing operation enforced by the police.
The strike by around 50 postal workers at the Bootle and Seaforth delivery office in Merseyside began on October 2 after they walked off to protest a racist comment by a manager against a Muslim co-worker.
The workers gathered the support of delivery drivers at the Warrington mail centre, with workers walking out in solidarity after refusing to cross the picket lines at Bootle.
The Warrington office is one of the major sites of Royal Mail and distributes post across the north west of England.