Royal Mail workers to press ahead with strike after rejecting pay offer before Christmas

picketing by postal workers black Friday And in the run up to Christmas his union rejected a pay offer that Royal Mail had said was final.

Members of the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) will strike for 48 hours on Thursday and Friday, and on 30 November and 1 December, and will also take one-day action on 9, 11, 14, 15 and 23 December and Christmas Eve. ,

Royal Mail said it had made an offer to the CWU with “sweeping improvements”, including an increased pay deal of up to 9% over 18 months, an offer to develop a new profit sharing scheme for staff, and voluntary Made the terms of redundancy more liberal.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said: “We are disappointed that Royal Mail has chosen such an aggressive strategy, rather than seeking a compromise to avoid major disruption.

“We will not accept that 115,000 Royal Mail workers – the people who have kept us engaged during the pandemic, and generated millions in profit for owners and shareholders – have suffered such a devastating blow to their livelihoods.

“These proposals signal the end of Royal Mail as we know it, and its decline from a national institution to an unreliable, Uber-style gig economy company … earlier.”

Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of Royal Mail, said: “Negotiations have lasted seven months and we have made a range of improvements and two pay offers, which will now see a 9% pay rise over 18 months, as well as a number of other enhancements. Best and last offer.

“Negotiations involve give and take, but it appears that the CWU’s approach is just take. We want to reach an agreement, but it is time for the CWU to change its position and avoid further damaging strike action tomorrow.” It is coming out.

“The strikes have already added £100m to Royal Mail’s losses so far this year. In a materially loss-making company, with every additional day of strike action we are faced with the difficult choice of whether we spend our money on wages and job security, or on the cost of the strike.

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