Potentially the biggest strike of the summer has moved a step closer today as ballots begin landing on the doormats of 115,000 postal workers for strike action against “despicable” treatment by their employer.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is demanding that Royal Mail Group negotiates with them to secure a simple no-strings pay increase for employees. At the time of writing, Royal Mail management plans to impose a 2% pay rise by executive action.
With inflation to May running at 11.7%, this would mean a dramatic real-terms wage cut for Royal Mail employees, who – like rail workers already taking strike action against the same kind of treatment – were key workers during the height of the pandemic. If workers vote to strike, it could mean the biggest industrial action taken in the building and justified ‘summer of discontent’ against the disregard of government and companies for the wellbeing and living standards of workers.
A CWU spokesperson said:
Britain’s postal workers are being forced into accepting a massive pay cut by the same people they have generated incredible profits for.
Our members are going to food banks while bosses reward themselves with advance bonuses. It is an unjust, unsustainable way to treat people.
We have no doubt that workers will defy this despicable treatment, stand up for themselves and vote to begin the biggest strike of this summer.
114 Crown Post Offices across Britain will already close for a one-day strike on 11 July, after workers voted to take action against a similar real-terms pay cut.
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