Jubilee Crown Post Office strikePostal, Post Office (PO) May 20 2022
Counters staff to walkout Saturday 4th June and Supply Chain and Admin workers will down tools Monday 6th as pay row escalates…
A second bout of nationwide strikes was announced by the CWU today as Post Office management continued to refuse the union’s call for a fair pay deal.
“Their latest offer is for a 2.5 per cent rise with effect from April 1st 2022, plus a £500 lump sum,” says CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey.
“So not only is this way, way below the April 2022 RPI inflation figure of 11.1 per cent, it also offers absolutely no back-pay for whole 2021/22 period – for which Post Office is imposing a pay freeze.
“Post Office bosses can hardly be surprised that this proposal has been emphatically rejected, particularly when we all know the Post Office can easily afford a decent pay rise – they announced £35 million in profits earlier this week and a decent pay rise for our members to settle the dispute would only cost around £5m.”
The strike action takes place over the Jubilee Holiday Weekend at the beginning of June, with Crown Post Office staff striking on Saturday 4th and their Supply Chain and Admin colleagues hitting the picket lines on Monday 6th.
“This is action that our members have been forced into by the sheer arrogance of senior Post Office management, who have betrayed hard-working employees and this great national institution and essential public service,” says Andy.
“To offer such a paltry pay increase for 2022, when inflation is at a 40-year high, is frankly an outrage.
“But to refuse to pay anything at all for 2021/22 – when our members were keeping this service open and working through the pandemic, while banks and their branches closed all around the UK is an appalling insult.”
Every one of the UK’s 114 Crown Post Offices will close on Saturday 4th and the Supply Chain strike will mean that there will be no cash collections or deliveries to any of the country’s c11,500 sub-post offices.
“To the UK public, our message is that this action is 100 per cent the fault of the Post Office leadership. And so please give us your support in this just struggle.
“And to Post Office bosses, our message is: Get real on pay, get round the bargaining table – and settle this dispute.”