Compulsory redundancies threat sparks strike of Royal Mail support staff

From the Communications Workers Union:

cwu_logo_alWorkers responsible for distributing cash and providing vital support services to all post offices in the UK are set to walkout tomorrow (Friday).

The dispute surrounds the 1,500 employees working in the Admin and Supply Chain, who are responsible for the collection, handling and distribution of cash across the post office network.

Talks between the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Post Office Ltd over the last two weeks ended today without agreement, but the union has made it clear it remains available for further talks.

The industrial action will take place due to Post Office plans to cut jobs in the Admin and Supply Chain using compulsory redundancy. These job losses would have a significant impact on the level of service the publicly-owned company can provide in the future.

The strike could impact on the delivery of cash to the Post Office’s 11,500 branches across the UK, as well as cash deliveries to external companies.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: "Unfortunately, talks with Post Office management ended today without agreement and industrial action planned for tomorrow will go ahead. Progress has been made over pay but the Post Office’s insistence that a pay deal is directly linked to compulsory redundancy of Admin and Supply Chain workers is completely unacceptable.

"This is the first time in its 400 year history that the Post Office has threatened compulsory redundancies on its workforce. It speaks volumes about the mismanagement of this important public service. The truth is Vince Cable’s decision to split the Post Office from Royal Mail two years ago, and to place the company in a financial straightjacket with no strategy for the future, has led to a spiral of managed decline and will eventually destroy the company.

"The workers distributing cash to over 11,500 Post Office branches put themselves in danger everyday in order to do their jobs and it is appalling that they have the very real threat of compulsory redundancy hanging over them. By getting rid of such a significant part of the workforce, it would be incredibly difficult for the Post Office to continue its current level of service in this area."

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