POST OFFICE: NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL ACTION – MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER – THE FUTURE OF THE POST OFFICE, JOB SECURITY AND PENSIONS – UPDATE

POST OFFICE: NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL ACTION – MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER – THE FUTURE OF THE POST OFFICE, JOB SECURITY AND PENSIONS – UPDATE
 
Dear Colleagues
Further to LTB 618 dated 20th October.
Branches and members will be aware the Postal Executive has authorised further strike action which will take place on Monday 31st October. The Post Office is destroying this great industry and we need to gain maximum support from our members to show the Post Office we will not stand by and watch this happen – we must fight back.
Video to Members Urging them to Support the Strike
A link to a video of Andy Furey, Assistant Secretary explaining the reasons behind the strike and the need for all members to support the action on 31st October can be accessed by using either of the following links:

The above links have been sent to all Post Office members that we hold private email addresses for.
Press Release and Media Coverage
Following the publication of our press release yesterday (attached to this LTB for your information) we received significant press and media coverage of the strike action planned for 31st October, including TV news, radio, and newspaper / online articles, including a comprehensive piece in the Financial Times, which is attached for your information.
ACAS
The Post Office issued a press release in response to ours (also attached to this LTB) which included the following statement:
“We are disappointed that CWU is again talking about strikes when we continue to try to reach a constructive way forward through talks at Acas”
This is the second time the Post Office has stated it is trying to find a way forward via talks at ACAS (the first was on 12th October following the decision of the Trustee to allow the Post Office to go ahead with the closure of the DB pension scheme). We totally refute this position. We have NOT received an invitation from the Post Office to meet at ACAS and there are no further talks planned as the previous meetings ended with no meaningful progress due to the fact the Post Office has refused to budge from its dogmatic position.
Early Day Motion – EDM 571
Kelvin Hopkins, Labour MP for Luton North, has kindly tabled the following EDM, which after just a single day has been signed by 13 MPs:
That this House is extremely concerned about announcements made by the Post Office in 2016 which will mean the closure of more than 60 of its flagship branches, the loss of around 2,000 jobs and the closure of its defined benefit pension scheme; notes that these are the latest in a series of significant cost-cutting measures undertaken by the Post Office following its separation from Royal Mail and a reduction in government funding of 60 per cent in five years; believes that the commitment from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2010 to make the Post Office a genuine Front Office for Government to help secure its future has failed; further believes that the Post Office is at crisis point and cannot survive without a robust strategy for growing new revenues, such as the establishment of a Post Bank; further notes that the Government is due to commence talks with the Post Office on its future business plan and funding for 2018 and beyond; and calls on the Government to bring together key stakeholders and industry experts to develop a strategy to safeguard the future of the Post Office as a matter of urgency.
The EDM can be accessed via the following link: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/571
All Branches are urged to write to their MPs and encourage them to sign EDM 571 – we need to quickly get as many signatures as possible to ensure the widest political attention. Please see the attached model letter which you may wish to use to assist you in this regard.
Membership Meetings
If Branches are calling membership meetings and require the support of Postal Executive Members at these events, please contact lsheridan@cwu.org to make arrangements.
 
Further developments will be reported.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Dave Ward
General Secretary
Terry Pullinger
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)
Andy Furey
Assistant Secretary
 
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 624/16 – POST OFFICE: NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL ACTION – MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER – THE FUTURE OF THE POST OFFICE, JOB SECURITY AND PENSIONS – UPDATE

Attachment 1 to LTB624-16 CWU Press Release

Attachment 2 to LTB624-16 – FT Article

Attachment 3 to LTB624-16 Post Ofice Press Release

Attachment 4 to LTB 624-16 – Model letter for EDM 571 October 2016

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