ver 115,000 postal employees are to stage a collection of strikes within the coming weeks in a dispute over pay.
The Communication Staff Union (CWU) stated will probably be the most important strike of the summer season to date to demand a “dignified, correct pay rise”.
Strikes shall be held on Friday August 26, Wednesday thirty first and September 8 and 9.
The choice follows a current poll for strike motion, which noticed members vote by 97.6% on a 77% turnout to take motion.
The union stated administration responded by imposing a 2% pay rise, which it believed would result in a “dramatic discount” in employees’ dwelling requirements due to hovering inflation.
We will’t carry on dwelling in a rustic the place bosses rake in billions in revenue whereas their staff are pressured to make use of meals banks
CWU basic secretary Dave Ward stated: “No one takes the choice to strike frivolously, however postal employees are being pushed to the brink.
“There might be little question that postal employees are utterly united of their dedication to safe the dignified, correct pay rise they deserve.
“We will’t carry on dwelling in a rustic the place bosses rake in billions in revenue whereas their staff are pressured to make use of meals banks.
“When Royal Mail bosses are raking in £758 million in revenue and shareholders pocketing £400 million, our members received’t settle for pleads of poverty from the corporate.
“Postal employees received’t meekly settle for their dwelling requirements being hammered by grasping enterprise leaders who’re utterly out of contact with fashionable Britain.
“They’re sick of company failure getting rewarded repeatedly.
“The CWU’s message to Royal Mail’s management is straightforward – there shall be severe disruption till you get actual on pay.”
CWU deputy basic secretary Terry Pullinger stated: “Our members know full nicely what they’re price.
“They’re keen to combat for a no-strings, real-terms pay rise that they’re absolutely entitled to.
“No employee needs to be on this place, and since this dispute started, we eagerly pursued discussions and negotiations.
“However this was rejected by administration, who’ve left us with no selection however to combat.
“Our members deserve a pay rise that rewards their improbable achievements in holding the nation related throughout the pandemic, but additionally helps them sustain throughout this present financial disaster.
“We received’t be backing down till we get simply that.”
Ricky McAulay, operations director at Royal Mail stated: “After greater than three months of talks, the CWU have failed to interact in any significant dialogue on the adjustments we have to modernise, or to give you different concepts.
“The CWU rejected our supply price as much as 5.5% for CWU grade colleagues, the most important improve we’ve got provided for a few years.
“In a enterprise that’s at the moment dropping £1 million kilos a day, we will solely fund this supply by agreeing the adjustments that may pay for it.
“Royal Mail can have a vivid future, however we will’t obtain that by dwelling prior to now.
“By modernising we will supply extra of what our clients need at a value they’re keen to pay, all while defending jobs on the perfect phrases and situations in our trade.
“The CWU’s failure to interact on the adjustments we’d like is an abdication of duty for the long-term job safety of their members.
“We apologise to our clients for the disruption that CWU’s industrial motion will trigger.
“We’re prepared to speak additional with CWU to attempt to avert damaging industrial motion however, as we’ve got persistently stated, it have to be about each change and pay.
“We’ve got contingency plans in place, and shall be working onerous to minimise disruption and get our providers again to regular as quickly as we will to maintain folks, companies and the nation related.”