Post Office workers walk out over ‘exceptionally poor’ pay offer

Hundreds of UK Post Office workers walked out on strike over a pay offer from the government-owned company on Wednesday. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) strike was for 24 hours and affected many Crown Post Offices as well as a number of sub-post offices.

The Post Office said in a statement that the majority of its outlets would still be operating: “There are 114 branches – typically in city centres – across the UK that are directly managed by Post Office.

“Posters are displayed which show where the nearest alternative branches are located.”

Staff walked out over being offered a 2% increase in pay this year on top of a pay freeze in 2021. They have also been offered a £250 one off lump sum.

With RPI inflation hitting 9%, the CWU described the pay offer as ‘exceptionally poor’.

CWU official Andy Furey said: “Despite this union’s best attempts to avoid strike action, the Post Office has displayed no interest whatsoever in meaningful negotiations.

“As such, workers have delivered an overwhelming mandate for strike action.

“The current offer of a mere 2 per cent pay rise over two years is nothing short of an insult to these key workers who provided exemplary services to this nation during the pandemic.

“As the cost-of-living crisis mounts, working people across the country are facing stark realities.

“This isn’t any less true of Post Office employees, who deserve far better than the degrading offer currently on the table.

“Post Office management need to understand that by undervaluing these workers, they have provoked real anger across the country.

“We urge them to get round the table with us and reach a decent, fair agreement that shows respect for Britain’s key workers who kept post offices open for society during the pandemic.”

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