Post Office workers on strike today
They will be joined on the picket lines by more than 300 managers, members of Unite, who are also taking strike action over pensions.
Striking workers and supporters will gather outside BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, SW1H 0ET at 10.30am before travelling to Post Office Headquarters, Finsbury Dials, 20 Finsbury Street, EC2Y 9AQ for 12noon.
CWU general secretary Dave Ward said “The Post Office is now at crisis point – it needs a new strategy as a matter of urgency. No-one is thinking of the future. This isn’t good for workers, it isn’t good for customers and it isn’t good for the future of the business. The CWU will not simply stand by and see another British industry destroyed.
“We have a simple demand – that the government pauses the cuts and brings stakeholders together for a structured period of talks to develop a plan that is about more than managing the decline of the service – our members and the public deserve nothing less.”
Unite officer for the Post Office Brian Scott said: “Our members were angered at the announcement earlier this month that Post Office management has requested the pension scheme’s trustees close the scheme from the end of March 2017.
“The senior management has been pig-headed in refusing to enter into meaningful and constructive talks with the unions on these abysmal pension changes. We cannot just stand by and see the retirement incomes of our members being eroded by thousands of pounds.
“This decision is unnecessary and mean spirited as the pension scheme is currently in surplus to the extent of more than £143 million. We, once again, call on the Post Office to reverse its decision to close the scheme.
“Unless the management enters into talks in a positive frame of mind, more strikes are probable in the run-up to Christmas – the busiest time of the year.
“The senior management team seems unable to provide a coherent business plan for the future and that’s why we have asked for junior business minister Margot James to investigate the Post Office, ultimately owned by the government, as we believe that the management has not got a good grasp of the issues facing the organisation, nor a coherent plan for the future.”
- Alongside the strike and London protest, the union is also raising the profile of the dispute online. A major twitterstorm will be held with messages of support and images from the picket lines being tweeted using #PeoplesPost and copying in @CWUNews @DaveWardGS