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posted by Morning Star in Britain

Embattled postal employees link up over mass cuts and privatisation


Post Office workers will walk out next Monday over its plans to close crown offices, cut jobs and freeze pay.

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) said its members at the 372 crown offices will stage their 13th action on November 4 in co-ordination with more than 100,000 Royal Mail workers fighting privatisation.

The union has been embroiled in a long-running dispute over plans to franchise or close more than 70 of the crown offices — the larger branches usually sited on high streets.

Admin and supply chain workers, such as those driving Post Office cash vans, will join next week’s strike.

CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward said: “We are co-ordinating strike action across postal companies to increase the impact of the action and try and focus the minds of company negotiators.

“Post Office management is out of touch with its staff and customers over plans to close crown offices and cut staff.

“The company is unfairly imposing pay freezes on crown staff and now admin and supply chain workers while senior managers have enjoyed significant bonus payments.

“These double standards cannot continue and we hope to make progress in talks this week.”

Crown office workers have not had a pay rise since April 2011, while all other staff represented by CWU in the Post Office have had two pay rises totalling 6.75 per cent.

Head office managers shared a bonus pot of £15.4 million last year.




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