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Post Office strike planned for 15th September

By Dan Wilson September 8, 2016 - 4:38 pm

The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) has confirmed it is planning a one day strike next week on the 15th of September. About 3500 Post Office staff are members of the CWU mostly at crown branches. The strike will be supported by 700 post office managers who are members of the Union.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward explained the reasons for the action: “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.”

Kevin Gilliland, Post Office’s Network and Sales Director, says of the strike: “We can reassure our customers that 97 per cent of our 11,600 branches will not be involved in any action that goes ahead. We will also work hard to minimise any disruption to customers in our 300 Crown branches should they be affected by strike action.

We are making steady progress to modernise the UK’s biggest retail network. These changes are needed to make our services better for customers and ensure that Post Office branches thrive at the heart of communities for future generations.”

  • Andy R
    7 months ago

    Worse still, they’re threatening Royal Mail delivery strikes too, over pensions as well.

    Just in time for Xmas.

    Nice.

  • 7 months ago

    I have never in my life(I am 66 years old) ever been on strike but years ago I did look at the figures for strikes in the past. There was a big bus strike in London years ago. Before the strike the usage of the buses in London was at a fairly high level. During the strike many found alternative ways to get to work. They bought a Car or a Bike or got together with other staff working at the same company and Car Shared etc. However they got to work after the strike the Bus Usage rates had significantly fallen. Obviously less passengers less need for Bus Drivers(and as the strike was many years ago Less Conductors as well).

    The same general picture appears with many strikes. The current shambles on the Southern is going to lead to less Commuters and while in the short term this will cause less over crowding on trains. In the long term it will mean less usage and possibly less trains in the future(before anybody points out that much of the shambles is caused by numerous cancellations in the long term it could mean less trains in the timetable and with it less drivers, guards etc.

    Strike action should always, I repeat always be the very last option. Today with the Junior Doctors Hell bent on destroying the NHS(Why does just about every Junior Doctor Leader who is interviewed on the TV always have a foreign sounding name?). Post Office Workers decide to jump on the bandwagon. Please do not you are going to be the long term losers

    • glenn
      7 months ago

      never been on strike myself because i have been self emplyed most of my adult working life from a cycle courier on london streets to bricklayer on construction sites but i can understand these doctors/teachers fireman / post office workers etc putting up a stand , if they dont these pen pushers whitehall staff who have never done a days work on the shop floor will walk all over the common man

    • 7 months ago

      I’ve never been on strike either. But I do think we’re facing big questions right now and I’m fairly sure that people like junior doctors, to name but one group, aren’t approaching strikes lightly and most likely have the right ideas in mind.

    • Whirly
      7 months ago

      “It’s about public safety not money”
      “Will you cancel the strike if we agree to your wage demands”
      “Yes”

    • glenn
      7 months ago

      ps chris please leave out the part about foreign speaking language , this country was built over the last 200 years on irish / carribean , indian , chinese , pakistani workers etc

    • 7 months ago

      The point that I was trying to make was surely the NHS has Doctors with the surname Smith or Jones or Green or Brown or Williams etc. The NHS is a Great British Institution. After World Was 2 the then Labour Government fought hard to set up the NHS. Their greatest enemy was the Doctors of the time themselves. The Labour Government ended up spending massive amounts of money to get the Doctors to accept the NHS.

      Today just about every Junior Doctors Leader or Spokesman seems to have a foreign sounding name. If they are foreign born do they have the same committment to the NHS as those Doctors who were born into it and have lived with it all their lives. If the strikes go ahead in the future certainly hundreds of thousands possibly millions of UK citizenss will suffer and regardless of what is said some will die.

    • Hmm
      7 months ago

      Yes, thank goodness that the small percentage of foreign workers were able to build our country while the rest of us 90% + just lounged about picking our noses! Without them we would be centuries behind.

      I believe its not a bad thing to observe that (alleged) home born citizen do not appear to be promoted into top jobs, or even into vital services which will require people willing to work even if the money is not there to attract the best from overseas.

  • Andy R
    7 months ago

    The problem here is that all these strikes are political.

    Yes, there are grievances, but essentially the post office strikes, doctors strikes and possible royal mail strikes are designed to create problems for the government.

    You can throw in the railway and tube strikes as well.

    I have sympathy for many of the issues the strikers are taking action on.

    But there is NO justification in trying to circumvent the democratic process.

    If you want political change, you get it by putting your X on the ballot paper at a general election, not by coercive union militancy.

    That’s undemocratic and drags millions of innocent customers into disputes.

  • Sam
    7 months ago

    They’ve conveniently timed this date one day prior to the Iphone 7 hitting the stores

  • philblue
    7 months ago

    Chris, so you think it is the Junior Doctors who are hell bent on destroying the NHS….These foreign doctors coming over here to destroy our NHS??
    I suggest you stop reading the Daily Torygraph and join the real world

    • 7 months ago

      As a matter of interest I doubt if I have read the Daily Telegraph in the last 20 years. Anyway even if I had I doubt if it would have changed my point of view.

      The current flock of strikes are far more Political than they are about actual grievances. The extreme left is trying to overturn the properly elected Government of the UK and is using the various workers who have been manoevered into Striking as machine gun fodder.

    • phil blue
      7 months ago

      complete nonsense ,the only extreme in British politics is the present Tory government with a leader who no one at all voted for , they are the one’s destroying the NHS , when you say the far left , you actually mean the left who are trying to protect us all from the extreme levels of poverty and inequality that now exists in this country . They are portrayed as extreme by the Tory run media and people like you actually believe the garbage they print and broadcast. There is nothing extreme in wanting a fair and balanced society , not tax breaks for the rich and a rise in foodbanks and homelessness

    • tinker
      7 months ago

      the left quickly turn right when a few feathers for the nest are acquired

  • SAM
    7 months ago

    I look at my Post Office and it still looks like it did 15 years ago. It is bland and bear. So much unutilized space. The post office has never diversified or moved with the times, mine still has half days of during the week. I feel for the staff sometimes they seem to work with almost ancient IT systems are constantly being asked to do more by RMG. All I do is fill their office full of bags, I do not use any of their services really. Time it takes to actually prepare a Parcel for post, when I started out I moved on pretty quick from using the post office onto paypal post then on to account mail. More and more services are just being sub-let out it simply does not make any money. I do not think people understand some of the services offered by the PO. For example I still get paper cheques on occasion normally from out of date public services. All the banks have shut their branch’s here and I have to drive to another town, I only just realised I could pay the cheque in at the PO. Going on strike will not achieve anything. They need to actually move with the times. You cannot make steady progress these days you need to move now or you will just get left behind.

    • James
      7 months ago

      Sam, same here with our post offices, I use RBS and only found out recently that instead of letting the odd cheque pile up awaiting that 25 mile trip to my nearest branch that I could pay it into a post office (after getting a paying in book off RBS) – they would not know how to upsell and tell people about what they do

  • Every company labors has their own set of problems and through strike, they may achieve few benefits. Since not all are involved, it is not going to cause any major problems.

  • tinker
    7 months ago

    striking is great way to do yourself out of a job
    ask the miners ship yard workers dockers and car workers

    • Steve
      7 months ago

      Having a strike is a great way of forcing your customers to try the competition some wont come back after the strike.

      We rented a unit of the council for over 10 years and the management at the council had a similar mentality the estate had a 50% occupancy and revenue from rentals was down. They had the bright idea to put up the rents to increase the revenue now the estate has a 20% occupancy. The councils action was the push we needed to move and find a better deal we pay 30% less now for a bigger unit than before they rent increase.

      This strike will have the same type of effect force customers to try another couriers and some will not come back.

      Expect redundancies at the Post Office soon

  • UlsterGooner
    6 months ago

    I was on strike with the CWU when I first joined Royal Mail. The CWU eventually caved in or ‘compromised’ so felt that the strike was a little pointless. They negotiated great wages for us though. It was always a battle, employers would honestly have us working in Victorian conditions with zero hours contracts. Unions are the political power of workers, a balance is needed. Otherwise employers will bring in foreign workers willing to work for crap wages and contracts telling us how much we rely on them. Not so Great Britain.

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