Deaths among postal workers 3.3 times higher than in general working population
Unite’s assistant general secretary Howard Beckett has slammed Royal Mail’s decision to axe 2,000 jobs as a ‘kick in the teeth’ – and vowed to fight the job losses as the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures reveal that Royal Mail workers have suffered more than three times more coronavirus deaths than the average for the working population:
The 40 postal workers who died represent 0.025% of Royal Mail’s UK workforce of 143,000 – compared to a death rate in the same period of 0.0085% of the UK’s working-age population. In fact, the danger to those working directly in mail handling is considerably greater than 3.3 times as high, as the 143,000 figure includes other roles in the Royal Mail workforce – and retirement age increases will have impacted the ‘working-age’ population since the 2011 census.
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