South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has once again thrown his support behind striking Communications Workers Union (CWU) workers.

On Friday (Sept 30), CWU members working for Royal Mail were striking for a pay rise that fully addresses the current cost of living.

Colin Smyth again joined workers on the picket line in Dumfries.

The strike on Friday was the first of 19 days of action planned by the union over the next two months, as the unions escalated action as a result of the failure of Royal Mail to negotiate a deal.

Colin Smyth said: “Not one of these workers wants to go on strike but their employers have left them with little choice.

“The cost of living crisis is real and workers should not be faced with the situation where they cannot afford to feed their families, despite working harder than ever.

“The situation is untenable and I fully support those who have been forced to strike.

“Royal Mail’s failure to engage with unions in a meaningful manner has led to this situation and it is their fault that customers are now facing constant interruptions to their service. Royal Mail are failing the public who will have 19 days over the next two months where their mail won’t be collected or delivered.

“Royal Mail must start negotiating a fair deal for their workers who keep the whole country connected.”

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