Royal Mail workers may strike over post-privatisation pay

LONDON Mon Sep 2, 2013 3:16pm BST

Postal vans wait to be taken out on collection rounds at Mount Pleasant sorting office in London July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Postal vans wait to be taken out on collection rounds at Mount Pleasant sorting office in London July 26, 2013.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's postal workers may strike next month if the government does not provide guarantees on pay and pensions before privatising the near 500-year-old Royal Mail, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said on Monday.

The CWU, which represents most of the Royal Mail's 150,000 staff and which rejected Royal Mail's three-year pay offer in July, said it would send out strike ballot papers on September 20 if it could not reach an agreement on talks.

"We are looking to reach a groundbreaking agreement on terms and conditions that sets unprecedented legally binding protection for workers in the event of a sale, and regardless of who owns the company," deputy general secretary Dave Ward said.

The CWU said if the ballot went ahead it would publish the result on October 3. If workers were in favour, the earliest date for strike action would be October 10.

Any industrial action could complicate the privatisation process. The government plans to float a majority stake this financial year.

Royal Mail said in a statement it was committed to talks with the CWU and wanted to reach an agreement as soon as possible. "We believe a strike is uncalled for, given the highly competitive three year pay offer and legally-binding and enforceable agreement we have offered CWU," it said.

(Reporting by Neil Maidment; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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leccese wrote:
Hi all, hope a decent Union rep would see this commen….I work at north London DO and i am a true believer on what the CWU stand forI REALLY DO!!!! I was assaulted at work into the DOM office(yes !!Manager Office!)by a non CWU member and a really bullied guy in the presence of the CWU rep!! now in aftermath i was left along like a dog inside the office without Royal mail and the CWU rep to assist me on a really simple thing FIRST AID. the only thing that i was told was that i was suspended from work.where the rep(the only witness )was to stand for against violence? the manager made this kind of investigation (she lied
making things up!! )she also was the witness at some point. She accept this guy to come back to the same office and he start to bullied me on front the manage and CWU rep all of them pretending not to see and when I made a complain about they booth (R M AND CWU)were saying nothing they can do and i must accept it!!!!!! shocking!!!!!
I believe now for this case and more others that Royal Mail are orchestrating some thing with CWU to brain washing The Workers to accept when it s the right time….Just investigate what happen with the revision of the company. CWU were saying we must accept to walk every single days for 4-5 hrs in the rain in the sun in the cold and in the snow! but this Rps are sitting into the office and brainwashing us to accept the change that it might just psychological… i hope CFWU won t take any money under the table on each deal they make… remember its all about CWU Vs RM…the workers are there to make the numbers and strike(loosing important family money) Cwu stand with a member if never complain or obey all the way!!! corrupt system!!

Sep 02, 2013 5:50pm BST  --  Report as abuse
timddeb wrote:
The Post Office is one of the last bastions of the Scargill era Unions.
Don’t care about the service, the product or profitability (which they think is a dirty word) as long as they can kick the bosses and stop any progress in workingpractices. For my two pennarth, let them stike, and stay out. Yup it will inconvenience people, that is the point of a strike. With the CWU telegraphing their intentions there is plenty of time for savvy companies to make alternative arrangements, and the government should just sit back and wait. And no extra overtime or back pay when they do return.

Sep 02, 2013 12:27am BST  --  Report as abuse
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