CWU to back members who refuse to work because of coronavirus fears

The CWU says it will support any member who refuses to work for Royal Mail over fears of exposure to the coronavirus.

In a letter to members, general secretary Dave Ward and assistant general secretary Terry Pullinger write: “If any CWU member does not feel safe at work through lack of social distancing or personal protective equipment, they should not work.

“We will support any individual member or office that takes this position.  This is not a call for workers to take unofficial industrial action, but it is a clear statement on the grounds of health and safety that we will support our members.”

They also clarify that, while the union remains in dispute with the company, strike action has been placed on hold during the coronavirus crisis.

They sign off the letter with: “Stay safe and strong, these are extraordinary times and the union will continue to do what’s right for our members and your families.”

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