Post Office workers strike over Jubilee weekend in pay dispute

Post Office workers strike over Jubilee weekend in pay dispute: Staff will stage walkouts tomorrow and Monday – while commuters brace for Tube strike chaos that threatens to cripple London

  • Members of the Communication Workers Union at Crown Post Offices will strike
  • It is against management insisting on a pay freeze and ‘marginal’ offer for 2022
  • CWU secretary said: ‘Our members do not want to be in this situation’

Post Office workers are to go on strike over the jubilee weekend in a dispute over pay – promising a mounting hell for Londoners facing a Tube strike on Monday.

Members of the Communication Workers Union at Crown Post Offices – the larger branches often sited on high streets – will walk out on Saturday and in administration and supply chain networks on Monday.

The strikes follow industrial action earlier this month.

The union said Post Office management is insisting on a pay freeze for 2021-22 and a ‘marginally improved’ pay offer for 2022.

CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey said: ‘Our members do not want to be in this situation, but they won’t accept humiliation either.

‘Our members worked hard to deliver an excellent annual profit for the company – affordability isn’t management’s problem here.

‘Frankly, their degrading excuse for an offer has only hardened members, who won’t tolerate a collapse in their living standards.

‘We thank the public for their understanding and support, and we urge Post Office to get round the table and thrash out a real settlement that treats key worker heroes with the respect they deserve.’

Post Office workers are to go on strike over the jubilee weekend in a dispute over pay

News there could be strikes on the first day of the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend prompted fury

Around 3,500 union members are involved in the dispute.

A Post Office spokesperson said: ‘We want to assure our customers that the vast majority of our branches are unaffected by CWU strike action on Saturday.

‘There are 114 branches, typically in city centres, that are directly managed by Post Office.

‘Over two thirds would normally only be open between 9am and 12.30pm on a Saturday. We apologise to any customers who are inconvenienced by a closure.’

On Wednesday union leaders demanded face-to-face talks with London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a bid to avert a 24-hour Tube strike.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are set to walk out on Monday, threatening travel chaos immediately after the Jubilee weekend.


RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch has demanded face-to-face chat with Mayor Sadiq Khan

The union is protesting over job cuts and a ‘looming threat’ to pensions.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘We are demanding a direct face to face meeting with Mayor Sadiq Khan to sort this mess out.

‘There’s no point in our union continuing to sit opposite management representatives who have neither the inclination nor the authority to negotiate a settlement, when the power lies with the Mayor.

‘The Mayor of London has tax-raising powers. Just four banks made a profit of £34bn last year and are set to pay out over £4bn in bonuses to London traders. A windfall tax on those profits would more than adequately fund London’s transport network.

‘Mayor Khan must choose either the take on the Tory government and demand a just funding deal for Londoners or attack loyal Tube workers who keep the capital moving day in day out.’

Members of the RMT union are set to walk out for 24 hours on Monday, June 9.  

Workers will also be taking part in ‘action short of a strike’ across next month, including Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this weekend.

The action, over pensions, jobs and conditions, could see station staff refuse to work overtime or rest days from Friday June 3 to Sunday July 10.

TfL chiefs have warned some services may be affected by this and say short-notice station closures are possible.

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