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Royal Mail staff stage walkout over coronavirus concerns

Royal Mail staff in Kent have walked out today in protest against the company’s lack of safety measures to protect them from coronavirus – following the example of colleagues in Scotland earlier this week.

Staff in Kent say they’re being forced to violate the government’s social distancing guidelines, while protective equipment still hasn’t been supplied.

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They say they’re being forced to work in close proximity to one another, while the government advises that people should stay at least two metres apart at all times.

“It’s not normal. We’ve had no real social distancing,” one staff member told Kent Online.

“There’s 132 people working here and we have tiny bottles of hand sanitiser.

“The golden standard is for us to wash hands but we’re all close together.”

The Kent walkout followed action in Scotland earlier this week.

Postal workers in Alloa walked out in protest at similar conditions at 6am on Monday.

Scottish staff hit out at the amount of junk mail they are forced to deliver, and their lack of protective equipment.

“They are putting profit over everyone’s health,” one postman told the Daily Record.

Royal Mail maintains that it has “introduced a range of social distancing measures designed to protect both our colleagues and our customers.”

“We continue to follow public health authority preventative guidance,” the company says.

Clearly many workers don’t agree.

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