The Postal Executive would like to thank our Post Office members, Branches and Reps for their vital support for the strike action around the August bank holiday weekend.  All reports received indicate massive support from members, which demonstrates that the determination and resilience has been maintained over a number of months.

We met with Post Office again at Acas on Tuesday 30th August and disappointingly, Post Office was not prepared to improve the current offer of 5% plus a £500 lump sum payment from 1st April 2022.  Prior to this meeting, we felt progress was starting to be made and this included the exploration of various scenarios designed to resolve both the 2021/22 pay dispute and this year.

At the close of the Acas meeting, Post Office advised they would formally place on record their position and this letter arrived late on Friday 2nd September.  Subsequently, the Postal Executive has today considered developments overall and we have now exhausted the Acas process for the 2022/23 pay review year, meaning we have now formally entered into another Trade Dispute, requiring a further ballot for strike action.

Members are facing a pay freeze for 2021/22 and just 5% plus £500 for 2022/23.  This combined position over two years, when viewed against the prevailing cost of living emergency, is appalling, especially as Post Office made healthy profits in the last two years.  The Postal Executive has therefore made decisions today around next steps including further strike action.  Branches and members will be notified of this action in due course.  We are of course required by law to give two weeks’ notice for strike action and the life of the current ballot expires on 28th September.

Finally, the Postal Executive recognises our Post Office members have displayed great tenacity, which has helped in the negotiations thus far.  It is, however, clear that due to the attitude of Post Office, further strike action is required.

Yours sincerely

Andy Furey
Assistant Secretary

22LTB356 Post Office – Pay Dispute 2021-22 & Acas Talks for 2022-23

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