CWU calls national Post Office strike for 15 September

8 September 2016

From cwu.org

08 September 2016

National Post Office strike

Thousands of our Post Office members will strike next Thursday, against attacks on their job security and pensions and in defence of the Crown network and Supply Chain.

General secretary Dave Ward said: “The Post Office is relentlessly pursuing a programme of cuts that will mean a further 2,000 job losses, staff being left tens of thousands of pounds worse off in retirement and the privatisation of its flagship branches. The Post Office is at crisis point and the government has to step in.

“We are making a simple demand. The Government needs to pause the cuts, convene a summit of key stakeholders in the industry and work out a strategy that gives employees and the public confidence that the Post Office has a future.

“The Post Office has pointed to the ‘bottom line’ in making these cuts. But it cannot pretend that using public money to pay off staff so they can be replaced with minimum wage jobs is a success story or that closing down its flagship branches is a defence of the service,” Dave added.

“The Post Office has got to get out of the cycle of closures, job losses and attacks on staff terms and conditions. It needs a serious plan to grow revenues in areas like financial services. Other countries have brought in hugely successful Post Banks – there is no reason why our Post Office should be the world leader in managed decline.”

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