by Tim Lezard Strikes could affect Post Offices across the UK unless management “get real” over pay, the CWU has warned. Members working for Post Office Limited’s (POL) admin and supply chain today start voting on whether to take industrial action afte …

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Strikes could affect Post Offices across the UK unless management “get real” over pay, the CWU has warned.

Members working for Post Office Limited’s (POL) admin and supply chain today start voting on whether to take industrial action after managers refused to settle this year’s pay claim.

National officer Andy Furey said: “We’ve been in discussions with the business since the start of this year and the annual pay review became due on April 1st but after spending the first few months refusing to make an offer at all, POL finally made an offer last month that was well below inflation.

“This offer was rejected as an insult to our hard-working members – and we also rejected the company’s divisive tactics of offering different settlements to different grades.”

Last autumn, these grades went on strike against the company’s expressed intention not to increase basic pay at all this year – but after just one day of action, bosses backed down and promised serious pay negotiations for 2014.

Andy Furey said: “I’m urging Post Office senior management to remember and remember well just how rock-solid our action was last year. Unless the company gets real and improves their offer, we could end up in a serious industrial dispute. They need to stop playing games, get back to the negotiating table and settle our members’ pay claim or this consultative ballot could be a precursor to a full strike ballot.”

Other issues in dispute include an internal workforce re-organisation programme, the industrial relations framework and duty revisions.

 


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