Post Office pay and the future of the Crown Office

Post Office pay and the future of the Crown Office

View the full list of 373 Crown Offices affected by strike action and the list of the 76 Crown Post Offices to be franchised or closed. The Post Office confirmed WHSmith as a retail partner for 16 Crown Post Offices. Scroll through the list of Crown Post Offices affected >here<.

LATEST NEWS: Crown Post Office workers vote to accept 'first class' pay deal, 11th June 2014.

Read all the news reports covering the dispute >here<

Download the campaign pack including a model letter to MPs, a draft press release, posters, leaflets, social media avatars (profile pictures), petitions and more to help you campaign to save your Crown in the heart of town by visiting downloadable resources.

Check out this short film following Andy Furey as he visited various Crown Post Office picket lines on the third day of strike action on 29th April 2013.


What does the CWU's dispute with the Post Office mean for postmasters?

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Background

Hardworking CWU members working for the Post Office face the threat of 76 Crown office closures and have been kept waiting since April 2012 for their annual pay rise. In 2013, after receiving what national officer Andy Furey describes as the "most appalling pay proposal I have seen in 20 years of being on the union's executive" and learning of plans to close and franchise 76 offices, some 4,000 Post Office counter workers were balloted on industrial action over pay and job security and voted YES by an overwhelming 88%.

The pay deal on the table offered staff fully taxable but unconsolidated lump-sums over the next three years tied to acceptance of a "Transformation plan", the full extent of which has yet to be revealed. So members were effectively asked to sign up to a plan which could see up to one-fifth of the network cut, 70 Crown offices franchised, and six Crown Offices shut; affecting more than 800 jobs.

Expressing outrage at the Post Office's behaviour, Andy said: "At a time when Post Office has reported higher than expected half-year profits and is forecasting a £90 million whole-year profit figure, it's just plainly unfair to treat hard-working and highly skilled staff in this way - particularly when these are the people who have created this success."

On Easter Saturday, 30th March, 4,000 Post Office staff working in the network of 373 Crown offices, which handle 20% of all Post Office business, went on strike for the first time. Over a year later a revised deal was tabled by the Post Office which offered members in Crown Post Offices a pay increase of up to 7.3 per cent by April 2015 with lump-sum payments totalling £2,300 for full-time employees, with pro-rata payouts for part-timers. The deal, recommended by the postal executive, is out to the membership in a ballot which opens on Friday 23rd May 2014.

Read: Post Office pay ballot opens next week, 16th May 2014

Please support by signing their petitions or sign the online petition calling on the Government to put a stop to these franchising plans now.

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Download the official leaflet: Protect the people's Post Office - a message to the public.

Is your Crown Post Office at threat? Find out by reading the list of 70 Crown Post Offices earmarked for franchise and find out how you can have a say in the consultation process >here<.

"The Post Office says it is listening, but we say 'to who?' A huge majority of Crown office staff - almost nine out of ten - voted for strike action. That's a serious vote of no confidence in Post Office management. We want them to stop their flawed plans and instead recognise the immense value to customers of the Crown office network and its staff. If the Post Office continues to refuse to negotiate, this strike will be the first of many," concludes Andy Furey.

CWU members returned an 88% yes vote on a 75% turnout in favour of strike action in a ballot which closed on Friday 8th March.

Click on the links below for more information on the pay deal and the future of the Crown Office network.


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