Post Office Strike

Dispute update

More information to follow.

Post Office imposed a pay freeze upon our members for the financial year 2021/22, meaning we entered in a trade dispute with our members voting overwhelmingly for strike action, with the result declared on 28th March of a  97.3% YES vote on a 70.2% turnout.

Post Office made a profit of £35m for 2020/21 and £39m for 2021/22, and they paid managers bonuses totalling some £2m – therefore affordability is not an issue.  They are simply choosing to suppress our members’ pay and have feebly attempted to hide behind Government policy for public sector workers.  The CWU attempted to resolve this dispute via the offices of Acas; however, two meetings held in January 2022 were completely unproductive, with Post Office adopting an intransigent attitude.  This led to a ballot for strike action as described above.

The strikes across Post Office for CWU members relate directly to the pay freeze for 2021/22. Adding insult to injury, the initial pay offer for 2022/23 was for a meagre 2%. A lump sum of £250 was added to the basic offer.

The initial strike was 24 hours on Tuesday 3rd May for all CWU members in Post Office.  This was followed by strike action on Saturday 4th June for Crown Office workers and Monday 6th June for Admin & Supply Chain members.

Post Office raised its initial offer to 3% and doubled the cash lump-sum to £500.

The third bout of strike action was held on Monday 11th July for Crowns and Thursday 14th July for Admin & Supply Chain. The fourth round of action, which was an escalation of previous strike action in terms of duration, saw Crown members striking on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August, while Admin/Supply Chain members struck on Friday 26th and Tuesday 30th August.

During August, further Acas-facilitated meetings were held with the employer and, although the pay offer was increased again to 5%, this is still not enough in comparison to rising inflation, the rate of which had surged to 12.3%.

Another day of strike action – making six strike days in total by our Post Office members – took place on Wednesday 28th September and as of that date, the 28th March strike ballot has, according to current UK law, now expired.

The CWU has decided to begin the process of balloting Post Office members again.  

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