Post offices across Britain to close in national strike for “dignity and respect” and against massive pay cut
114 Crown Post Offices will close across Britain for one day in July, as workers strike against a massive real-terms pay cut.
Today (27 June) the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which represents Post Office workers, served notice to the employer that strike action will be taking place on Monday 11th July, after workers facing a pay freeze for last year voted overwhelmingly to take strike action by 97.3%.
Additionally, a management pay offer of just 3% with effect from April 1 2022 and a £500 lump sum fee has been rejected as being woefully inadequate for what amounts to 2 years of real-terms cuts and with RPI inflation being 11.7% for May. The Post Office made £35 million in profits during the pandemic (2020/21).
This is the third national strike by Post Office workers in 2022.
CWU Assistant Secretary Andy Furey said:
No worker wants to be in this situation, but Post Office bosses can’t be surprised that callous decisions are challenged by our members.
This dispute is about dignity and respect for hard-working employees – essential public servants who, as key workers, provided unprecedented customer service during the pandemic.
Our members feel betrayed and will not tolerate their living standards being smashed by people in charge of a public service that due to our members’ efforts made tens of millions of pounds in annual profits.
There is more than enough money for a reasonable pay rise – implementing this pay cut is a management choice, not a necessity.
Our message to the public is that this action and any inconvenience caused is 100 per cent the fault of the Post Office leadership. “To Post Office bosses, our message is: get real on pay, get round the bargaining table for meaningful negotiations and settle this dispute, or further action will be taken.
CWU Post Office workers join the growing number of workers across industries taking action to defend their jobs, pay and conditions in what is rapidly becoming a summer of discontent well on the way to a de facto general strike – yet shamefully unsupported, and even opposed, by Keir Starmer and the Labour front bench.
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