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Postal Strike Caused By Asbestos

Post Office workers immediate strike after contractor finds Asbestos materials while renovating the building within the delivery office.

Staff at the Kirkby delivery office walked out without a ballot after suspected asbestos was discovered while contractors were renovating the building.Postal-strike_1482410c

Several local residents have told the ECHO their post has not been arriving with deliveries very limited in the L32 and L33 postcodes.

Royal Mail apologised to customers, with staff agreeing to return to work after union representatives met with employers.

A spokesman said the ‘asbestos-related’ material had now been removed, but was never disturbed so and had never posed a health risk to staff.

Mark Walsh, secretary of the Communication Workers Union’s Greater Merseyside branch, said: “Staff walked out because of the asbestos and how it has been communicated to them. The action was un-balloted as a decision was made quite quickly after the material was found.”

“It should now be resolved, as we’ve had confirmation from experts that it’s a safe environment to work in and safeguards have been put in place.”

Make sure you know if asbestos is present on your non domestic property by arranging a management asbestos survey or refurbishment asbestos survey.