Stirling MP Backs Royal Mail Postal Workers


Categories: Constituency, Local Business

Calls to Halt 10,000 Threatened Job Losses Nationwide

Local MP Alyn Smith has backed calls for the Royal Mail to ‘stop the threats of job cuts to valued postal workers’ and ‘engage meaningfully’ with the Communications Worker Union to find an acceptable solution to prevent further postal strikes. 

In a joint letter to the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail, and co-signed by multiple Parliamentary colleagues, Mr Smith told the Royal Mail Chief that it is “unacceptable to see the language employed by Royal Mail in threatening its workforce with job losses because they dare to ask for a fair work package.”

Postal workers across Stirling are on strike again today, with several more strike days planned early next month, from the 2nd of November to the 4th of November.

Last week, the Royal Mail announced its intention to slash 10,000 jobs, citing the strike action and low parcel delivery sales as the reason. Mr Smith has called this move a ‘tactic in the ongoing pay dispute with postal workers’ and has accused Royal Mail of ‘acting in bad faith’.

Commenting, Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘This ongoing dispute risks severe disruption to both deliveries, and the livelihoods of valued postal workers. Royal Mail staff were on the frontlines during the pandemic – it would be extremely poor for Royal Mail’s management to now jeopardise the financial security of local Stirling postal workers, amidst a cost of living crisis.

‘Excuses don’t wash – millions of pounds in profit have been handed to shareholders, whilst postal workers are told there’s no money for fair wages. The decision to strike will not have been easy for any of them, but this is about more than pay; it is also about protecting the universal mail service we all expect and value.

‘Royal Mail must get back to the negotiating table – in a meaningful way – and put our communities at the heart of discussions.’




Alyn Smith MP alongside local Stirling workers, outside the Royal Mail Springkerse Depot