Postal workers prepared to strike over Sun controversy

Postal workers near Liverpool are threatening to strike if they are made to deliver free promotional copies of the Sun tomorrow.

The paper had supposedly agreed not to distribute the special issues in the city of Liverpool. It has been largely boycotted on Merseyside for 25 years due to the paper’s malicious reporting of the 1989 Hillsborough atrocity.

But, according to the BBC, six postal workers in Skelmersdale – around 12 miles north of Liverpool – who were at Hillsborough, and other colleagues of the 50-strong staff at the Royal Mail branch have had to refuse to deliver the issue.

One quoted in the Liverpool Echo, said: “I felt sick to be honest that I would have to handle it. We would be delivering it to people that were at Hillsborough and to people that lost a loved one or knew someone that died at Hillsborough.”

The Sun is planning distribute more than 20m copies of a free mini-issue across England on Thursday, the opening day of the World Cup.

A Sun spokesman said that it had exempted Merseyside postcodes from its promotion, adding: “The Skelmersdale issue is a matter for the Royal Mail.”

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