When you come back to work on Tuesday after the early May Bank Holiday, don’t expect your Post Office to be operating as normal as CWU Post Office workers will be on strike.
Post Offices across the country will face massive disruption unless bosses stop engaging in what the CWU call “power play” with their workers’ wages. The union states “workers won’t accept a collapse in their living standards’, as hundreds of employees look set to strike against a real-terms pay cut.
CWU members voted by 97.3% on a 70.2% turnout to take strike action.
Post Office management are insisting they are simply following government policy on public sector pay policy. But they have repeatedly contradicted themselves, and have also said that it’s their decision to impose a pay freeze.
We know Post Office has turned over huge profits in these past few years – management can afford to provide our members with a reasonable pay increase if they wanted. This is not an issue of affordability. This is about power play from a management that is needlessly antagonising its key worker employees. The attitude of Post Office needs to be viewed in the context of inflation rising by at least 9% already this year.
Our members don’t appreciate being taken for fools, which is why they have voted in massive numbers for strike action. Post Office can’t put their heads in the sand. This dispute won’t go away, and our members are united – they won’t accept a collapse in their living standards.
To avoid more disruption to services this year, the CWU urges Post Office to get round the bargaining table and thrash out a settlement with us that treats our key worker heroes with the respect they deserve.
– Andy Furey, CWU Assistant Secretary
Royal Mail strike ballot coming next
If the Post Office going on strike wasn’t bad enough, Over 115,000 postal workers may ballot for strike action if Royal Mail management do not negotiate a pay rise. If no national agreement on a “straight, no strings pay increase” can be reached by the week commencing 2nd May 2022, then the CWU say that they will move into a position of formal dispute with management.