Dozens of post offices closed today as hundreds of employees walked out over a wage dispute.
This was announced by a spokesman for the Post Sky news that “the vast majority” of its 11,500 branches would remain open during the day-long industrial action, but there will be no cash deliveries or collections from any UK post offices for a 24-hour period.
Of the 114 branches managed directly by the post office, mainly in city centers that are expected to be hardest hit by the industrial action, 50 have been able to open, according to the data Employee bonus.
The dispute revolves around a wage freeze for 2021-2022 and an offer of a 2% wage increase from April this year. Post office staff would also receive a one-off payment of £250 if the offer is accepted. The dispute concerns office, counter and administrative staff.
That CWU The communications union has called the pay freeze a “slap in the face” for workers, saying the proposed wage increase does not match the rising prices workers are facing as the cost of living rises by around 7%.
The union has said the Post’s management was unwilling to negotiate the matter.
Members of the CWU voted overwhelmingly in favor of the strike, with 97.3% of the 70.2% of eligible voters supporting the motion.
Union assistant secretary Andy Furey said the offer of a 2% pay rise was “just about an insult to these key workers who have provided exemplary service to this nation during the pandemic”.
Furey said Post employees “deserve far better than the demeaning offer that’s currently on the table,” adding that management had “created real anger across the country.”
Services at affected post offices are due to return to normal tomorrow, but the CWU has said it has a mandate for further strikes in the coming weeks BBC reported.
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