Unite’s 900 managers in the Post Office will be staging a 24 hour overtime ban and work to rule on Friday (25 October) over the 16 month failure of the company to reach a fair pay settlement.
Unite, the country’s largest union, said that the management needed to ‘get its skates on’ and start negotiating in a positive fashion, if it wished to avoid the possibility of any further industrial action.
The union accused the Post Office of dragging its feet for 16 months over the pay deal which should run from 1 June 2012 to 31 May 2013 and also for the period 1 June 2013 to 31 May 2014.
The managers have already rejected the employer's proposal for non-pensionable lump sums and have also voted for industrial action.
Brian Scott, Unite officer for the managers said: “Our members in the Post Office have been waiting since June 2012 for an agreed pay review.
“The management has been dragging its feet for 16 months and it needs to get its skates on, if it wishes to avoid further action.
“The employer's earlier proposal has already been rejected by our members and we are asking our members to work to rule on Friday to demonstrate to the Post Office the strength of feeling on this issue.
“Unite members will not undertake any overtime; will refuse to work any additional hours or do work not proper to their role in the organisation. They will also refuse to travel outside of their working time, nor will they work in a location other than their normal place of employment.
“This is an important day for Unite members in the Post Office. They are keen to impress upon their employer their dissatisfaction with the failure to reach a pay agreement with the union and see this an opportunity to protest.
“No one wants to take this action, but the intransigence of the employer makes this necessary.”
For further information, please contact Brian Scott on 07970 471910 and /or Unite senior communications officer, Shaun Noble on 07768 693940.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey