Nearly 300 high street post offices are set to close on Monday (4 November) when 900 managers will be staging a 24 hour strike over the 16 month failure of the company to reach a fair pay settlement.
The managers, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will be taking coordinated industrial action with the CWU, which represents the counter staff.
Unite predicted that its action over pay will close the almost 300 post offices – known as the crown network - on Monday. Unite members will be picketing the Post Office’s head office at 148 Old Street, London EC1V 9HQ between 08.00 and 10.00 on Monday.
Unite is taking the action – due to start at 02.00 on Monday and end at 01.59 the next day – over the fact that its members have not received a pay rise since June 2011. The managers took action on 25 October when they banned overtime and worked to rule.
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.
Brian Scott, Unite officer for the managers, said: “The industrial action we are taking with the CWU is set to close almost 300 post offices in the crown network on Monday.
“While we understand that this will cause inconvenience to the public, the ball is in the management’s court – as it has been for the last 16 months – to reach a fair and equitable settlement.
“Unite is ready to have talks at anytime with the Post Office to resolve this matter, but the management has taken a very hardline stance against our members who have seen their living standards seriously eroded.”
The Postal Services Act 2011 separated the Post Office business from the Royal Mail. Sub-post offices will be open for business on Monday.
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.