Communications Workers Union threatens industrial action over Post Office’s ‘derisory’ pay offer

Industrial action at the Post Office is on the cards after 91% of Communication Workers Union (CWU) members at the organisation voted to reject a pay offer of 2.4%.

The CWU has written to Alan Cook, managing director of the Post Office, informing him of the rejection of the offer and inviting him to enter into “meaningful negotiations with the union”.

National officer Andy Furey said: “I am determined to achieve a negotiated pay settlement with the business and hope that the ballot result will encourage [Post Office} management to reconsider its offer and respond positively to our members.”

Furey said the CWU has made it clear that the decision to reject the offer was made in the full knowledge that if no breakthrough was achieved it could eventually lead to an industrial action ballot and dispute.

“This course of action would only be taken as a last resort, but [the Post Office] has to understand the gravity of this situation and improve its derisory pay offer,” he said.

The CWU is also currently in dispute with Post Office parent company Royal Mail over a 2.9% pay offer.

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