CWU says further strike action over threat to nearly 80 Post Offices is “inevitable”

Tim Lezard

Royal-Mail-postboxCWU says further strike action over the threatened closure or privatisation of nearly 80 Post Offices is “inevitable” after talks over pay and job security broke down yesterday (Wednesday).

Negotiators said several of the union’s key proposals to try to resolve the dispute were simply dismissed by the employers.

One official told UnionNews: “There was absolutely zero progress, they seem totally unprepared to offer anything to us.”

It is now likely the CWU will call strike action next week.

Plans by the Post Office to “franchise off” 70 Post Office branches and close down a further 6 altogether led to an almost 9-1 vote in favour of strike action last month.

The CWU says it “disappointed” by the acrimonious conclusion of Wednesday’s talks.

National official and lead negotiator, Andy Furey said:, “It was clear that the Post Office had no intention of improving its pay offer and indeed expected us to sign up to their plans around transformation which is the very reason 88% of our members voted for strike action in the first place.

“Evidently, the Post Office is in denial about the strength of feeling from our members in Crown Offices affected by this dispute.”

Campaigners say around 870 jobs could be affected by the plans, which could see post offices closed or privatised in cities and communities from Greater London, Manchester and Merseyside, to Stornoway in the Western Isles.

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