Post Office pay and the future of the Crown Office
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
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 visits various Crown Post Office picket lines on the third day of strike action on 29th April 2013.
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. 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 have effectively been 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.
Please support by signing their petitions or sign the online petition calling on the Government to put a stop to these franchising plans now.
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.
"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.
For more information contact Andy Furey's department on 0208 971 7361 or email email@example.com.
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