Postal and train worker strikes postponed as country mourns Queen Elizabeth

Strike action has been postponed across the UK following Queen Elizabeth’s death on Thursday. Scheduled strikes, including postal workers and train staff walkouts, were reportedly suspended as the country entered a time of mourning.

Unions representatives for Royal Mail employees commented the strike had been cancelled “out of respect for her service to the country and her family.”

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Meanwhile, scheduled walkouts by RMT rail workers on 15 and 17 September were also suspended, alongside the train drivers’ union Aslef’s planned strike on 15 September.

The TSSA rail union joined the cancellation of industrial action to respect to the Queen and the official period of mourning across the country.

According to the Rail Delivery Group, train timetables would remain normal due to the cancelled industrial action.

A representative for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators, added it welcomed the RMT’s move to cancel the strikes while the UK collectively grieved.

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“The whole railway family is united in sending our condolences to the Royal Family,” said the RMT in a statement.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which represented the Royal Mail in their strike action, cancelled further walkouts on Friday.

“Following the very sad news of the passing of the Queen, and out of respect for her service to the country and her family, the union has decided to call off tomorrow’s planned strike action,” said CWU general secretary Dave Ward.

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