Isle of Man postal workers vote for two-day strike

Isle of Man postal workers will walk out for two days next week in protest against an “outrageous attack on their job security, pensions, and terms and conditions.

CWU members voted 93% on a 91% turnout for action over government plans to slash pensions benefits, impose a below-inflation pay settlement and introduce a two-tier employment model.

CWU deputy general secretary (postal) Terry Pullinger said: “The Isle of Man postal workers have been in dispute with the IOM Post Office for many months. They are faced with fait acompli proposals that represent a hugely aggressive attack on CWU members’ employment, standard of living and retirement security, the next generation of postal workers and a great public service. These proposals are totally disproportionate to the challenges the industry faces and unnecessary.

“The CWU has a proven track record of negotiating agreements that rise to these challenges in other postal administrations in the UK – such as Jersey and Guernsey – but you cannot negotiate with faceless decision makers who don’t come in the room and refuse to change their diktat.

“The IOM postal workers have not taken industrial action for over 20 years but have voted by 93% in an unprecedented 91% turnout to take strike action in protest to the most adversarial IOM PO Board they have ever experienced.

“The CWU have notified the intention to take strike action on December 13 and 14 and they have also offered the opportunity for intense and genuine negotiations on December 10, 11 and 12 in the hope that common sense will prevail and an agreement can be reached.”

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