Post Office workers strike over pay

Employees at the Post Office are striking twice this week over pay.

On Monday, the strike will involve employees at the UK’s 114 Crown Post Officers, while on Thursday supply chain and administrative workers will take industrial action, impacting the country’s 11,500 sub-post offices.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the union for Post Office workers, are striking over the organisation’s current pay offer of a three per cent pay deal for the 2022-2023 financial year, alongside a one-off lump sum payment of £500, and no pay increase for the 2021-2022 financial year.

The union said that the pay deal is “far beneath” the current RPI inflation rate of 11.7 per cent.

CWU members delivered a 97.3 per cent vote in favour of action.

“The blame for this disruption lies entirely with the senior Post Office leadership, who have repeatedly failed – and wilfully refused – to set out a sensible and fair pay agreement,” said CWU assistant secretary, Andy Furey. “Everyone knows that the only solution is a fair pay rise that properly rewards members for their extraordinary efforts in serving the public and delivering a profitable Post Office, while also taking account of the extreme cost of living.

“There most certainly is money available, but management do not want to give workers their fair share.

“Our message to the employer today is: don’t waste our members’ time by misleading statements.

“Stop the spin and get serious about pay. Until you do this, the strikes will continue.”

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