Isle of Man Post Office
Further to LTB 701/18, I can advise Branches that CWU Members in the Isle of Man will be taking a further three days of Industrial Action commencing at 05:30hrs Thursday 14th February and concluding at 18:00hrs Saturday 16th February.
Colleagues will be aware that negotiations continued with the IOM Post Office until Thursday 13th December 2018 with further exchanges of correspondence taking place within the intervening period. I reported to the Union’s Postal Executive on Wednesday 30th January 2019 that over the Christmas break the CWU submitted a detailed response to the IOM’s proposal to effectively close the current DB Scheme to new members, introduce two-tier workforce and reduce the current USO from six to five days.
The aim of this submission is to hopefully raise the bar and develop a genuine vision of the IOM Post Office along with repositioning the talks so an agreement can be achieved for IOM members that would reduce any long-term attacks on our members’ employment, standard of living and pension security.
To date, the IOM Post Office has shown no desire to move away in any meaningful sense from what is effectively a race to the bottom mentality that seems endemic throughout the current IOM Post Office administration.
In order for colleagues to have a better understanding of the attack taking place on our members in the Isle of Man, attached to this LTB is a copy of a notice that was featured in local newspapers during the Christmas period which has been successful in keeping the dispute in the public’s eye.
I know that Branches will once again be keen to show their support for our colleagues in the IOM via messages in social media etc. Financial assistance would of course also be welcome and we are aware that some Branches have already sent donations to CWU Headquarters.
Branches wishing to make donations to the strike fund should send cheques to the SDGS Department at CWU Headquarters made payable to the CWU General Fund along with any supporting correspondence clearly stating that it is for the IOM strike fund.
I can confirm that following the Union issuing the three day Industrial Action notice, further meetings will now be taking place with the IOM Post Office week commencing Monday 4th February 2019. Branches will be advised of developments in due course.
I would like to express my appreciation as well as that of the Postal Executive, CWU Officers of the IOM Branch and members for the messages of support and solidarity received.
Any enquiries in relation to the content of this LTB should be addressed to the DGS(P) Department and further updates will be issued in due course.
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)