Picture caption: Plaid Cymru MS Llyr Gruffydd (left) with striking CWU members and Plaid Cymru councillor Annette Davies outside Wrexham Sorting Office
Plaid Cymru’s North Wales MS Llyr Gruffydd has joined striking postal workers on the picket line outside the Royal Mail Sorting Office in Wrexham.
Members of the Communications and Workers Union (CWU), which represents many Royal Mail workers, are on strike after management offered a two per cent pay deal.
Unions say this has been imposed without agreement and fails to take account of rising inflation and the cost-of-living crisis.
Llyr Gruffydd said: “I joined local postal workers on the picket line in Wrexham to show my solidarity with their fight for better pay and working conditions.
“Plaid Cymru is fully supportive of industrial action by Royal Mail workers. They provide a key service which millions of us rely on every year and should be suitably compensated for their work.
“They were hailed as key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic when workers were on the frontline delivering essential goods to households in Wales and the rest of the UK.
“The union has an overwhelming mandate to pursue this strike action after an 97.6% vote in favour.
“Our postal workers deserve a fair and just pay settlement. They should not have to accept a deterioration in their living standards.
“I therefore fully support their calls for a pay rise that matches the increase in cost of living, but more importantly, I support their calls to keep their current working patterns .”