CWU members to strike on Monday in dispute over jobs and services

Tim Lezard

Post OfficeCWU members working at the Post Office are next week to take a third round of strike action after bosses made no attempt to resolve the dispute.

The action oo Monday will affect up to 4,000 staff working in 373 Crown post offices. They have already taken strike action on Easter Saturday and April 19th.

The union is opposed to Post Office plans to close or franchise 76 Crown offices – 20% of the network – which would affect over 800 jobs. The union is seeking protection for jobs and services, and wants to secure a fair pay rise for staff who have had no rise since April 2011.

CWU national official Andy Furey said: “The Post Office has admitted that it’s got its sums wrong on the cost of our pay claim. They’re out by over £6 million – effectively doubling the cost of what we’ve asked.

“This calls into question the accuracy of other Post Office numbers – including the alleged size of the losses in the Crown network.

“We already know that head office costs are a significant burden on the profitability of Crown offices and this should be tackled rather than attacking customer-facing frontline staff.

“We can help the Post Office put its numbers right, but they must be prepared to find a mutually acceptable solution to pay and the future of the network. Otherwise strike action will continue.”

The Post Office claimed in internal communications to staff that the CWU pay claim would cost the company £12 million. In fact, the CWU’s claim for 3.5% and 3.25% would cost just over £5m. In a meeting with the company a fortnight ago, CWU negotiators challenged the figures and the Post Office subsequently admitted their figures were wrong and misleading and confirmed this in a communication to staff.

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