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"60,000 copies of that s***e": postal workers threaten to walk out if they have to deliver free Sun copies

Union members at the Skelmersdale Royal Mail have announced that they will strike if made to post free copies of the Sun, in enduring anger about Hillsborough.

Royal Mail van. Photo: Getty
Royal Mail workers near Liverpool are refusing to deliver free copies of the Sun. Photo: Getty

Postal workers at the Royal Mail depot in Skelmersdale, near Liverpool, are threatening to walk out if they are made to deliver free copies of the Sun. The tabloid is distributing over 20m copies of its World Cup special to addresses across the country. The paper is still reviled in the Merseyside area, particularly by football fans, due to its coverage of the Hillsborough tragedy.

The workers told the Liverpool Class Action website:

Next Thursday and Friday the Sun plan to send through Royal Mail 22,000,000 copies of a World Cup issue of the Sun. Liverpool, Warrington, and some CH postcodes are exempt from this. However, as it stands the staff at Skelmersdale are being told we will have to deliver them. With the backing of the CWU, this morning we informed them that if any copies of the Sun cross the gates, we will walk out. We have been urging people to voice their concerns about this by ringing customer services. Any support would be gratefully appreciated, let’s stop 60,000 copies of that shite from coming out.

Following the fatal crush at Hillsborough football ground, the Sun ran an unsubstantiated front-page story with the headline "The Truth", saying Liverpool fans were responsible for the disaster.