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Issue #1585      March 13, 2013

“Second-class” post office staff back strike action

BRITAIN: Nearly 90 percent of Post Office workers have voted to take strike action in a dispute over pay. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said it balloted around 4,000 of its members who work in the Crown post offices – the larger sites, which are usually based in high streets.

There was an 88 percent majority in favour, in a turnout of 75 percent.

CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward said the workers were fed up “with being treated second-class by the Post Office” and wanted their concerns to be listened to.

He said: “Our Post Office members have spoken loud and clear in this ballot.

“There hasn’t been so much as the pretence of negotiations from Post Office Ltd and that must change if strike action is to be avoided.

“We are now asking the company to come to the table to discuss pay and job security for these workers and avoid the need for strike action.”

CWU official for Post Office members Andy Furey added: “The Crown network brings significant revenues into the business and is crucial to the effective delivery of many products and services.

“The company has given pay rises to other employees and now it’s time it played fair and awarded a pay rise to Crown office staff. Job security and the future of the network are the elephant in the room here and we want to see the Post Office acting as a responsible and fair employer, not treating parts of the workforce differently and gambling with services which communities rely on.”

The Post Office said its pay proposal includes a series of unconsolidated cash payments across three years, totalling up to £3,400 with the second two payments being subject to meeting modernisation targets. It added that the proposal also provides for a consolidated pay rise in year four based on the Crown network breaking even by April 2015.

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