POST OFFICE: PAY DISPUTE 2021/22 – STRIKE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED
I’m pleased to report support for today’s strike action was overwhelming, with Crown Offices and Supply Chain depots across the country closed, along with solid backing from Admin members. Picket lines were out in full force to make a stand against the Post Office’s outrageous pay freeze position.
I would like to thank our members, along with Branches, Regional Secretaries, Postal Executive members and Post Office Reps for supporting the strike today. Following the unprecedented support for strike action amongst our members, Post Office should now listen to the voice of the members who have made it clear they will not be disrespected in this way.
We received numerous photos via Branches, Reps and members, many of which have been shared on social media, including the Union’s facebook page:
There was significant press and media interest in the strike and I was also interviewed live on the BBC news channel – https://vimeo.com/705664598
This interview followed an earlier BBC web story:
Tellingly, the BBC article confirmed “The Post Office declined to comment.” specifically on the reasons for the dispute – this is because they don’t have any cogent arguments. There is absolutely no justification for a pay freeze for our members for 2021 (or for that matter an insulting 2% offer for 2022) and Post Office knows it. Clearly Nick Read, CEO, has a lack of emotional intelligence and is out of touch with the pressures our members are facing in respect of the cost of living crisis. The CEO needs to take responsibility and authorise his team to get round the bargaining table with realistic mandate, meaning a fair pay offer for our members.
A selection of further press articles can be accessed via the following links:
Manchester Evening News https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/post-office-workers-set-strike-23847697
A CWU web article was also published: https://www.cwu.org/news/determined-members-morale-is-sky-high-after-todays-post-office-strike/
Should Post Office continue to ignore the needs of our Key Worker members and in the absence of meaningful pay talks to resolve this dispute, the Postal Executive will consider dates for further action.
Further developments will be reported.