British Post Office staff will stage two more nationwide strikes later this month over a five months-long job cuts, pay and closures dispute.
The strikes organized by the Communication Workers™ Union (CWU) on either side of the August Bank Holiday weekend will the tenth and eleventh rounds of industrial action by the Post Office staff.
According to the CWU, the strike action on Saturday August 24 and Tuesday August 27 will affect 4,000 workers in the crown office network.
“This is the first time we have announced two days of strike action at the same time and the first time we have announced back-to-back days of strike action,” CWU secretary general Dave Ward said.
œThis is a company which made £94 million profit last year, paid out £15.4 million in bonuses to senior managers and gave its Chief Executive Paula Vennells a 37% increase in her earnings to £697,000 while front-line staff face job losses and pay freezes,” he added.
Ward also described the situation as a œdouble standard” and an act of œtrampling” on the ordinary workers in favor of those at the top.
œEnough is enough. It’s time to resolve this,” he further warned.
The post office staff are outraged by the planned closure or privatization of 20 percent of Crown offices and cut up to 1,500 jobs.
The crown offices are considers the heart of the service as they handle one fifth of all customers and 40 percent of all financial services sales despite accounting for only three percent of all post offices across Britain.
The post office staff have had their pays frozen since April 2011 despite their managers getting astronomical bonuses.