115,000 posties strike today for a “dignified, proper pay rise”

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Sellers will be over the moon today as 115,000 posties strike, aiming to get a “dignified, proper pay rise”. If they still can’t rustle enough feathers, expect further strikes towards the end of October, through November and into December.

The members of the Communication Workers Union, representing Royal Mail Group workers are striking today, following the union’s ballot for strike action over pay, which saw members vote by 97.6% on a 77% turnout to take action. The union is demanding that Royal Mail Group make an adequate pay award that covers the current cost of living increases for our members.

115,000 Posties strike to avoid reduction in living standards

Management imposed a 2% pay rise on employees, who were classified as key workers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, through executive action earlier this summer but it doesn’t take into account the current economy.

The impact of inflation, and the reality that it could sour to 18% in 2023 is being felt by many, including the businesses who rely on posties for deliveries. To avoid a reduction in living standards due to inflation, posties will continue to strike until they are given a payrise.

There can be no doubt that postal workers are completely united in their determination to secure the dignified, proper pay rise they deserve.

When Royal Mail bosses are raking in £758 million in profit and shareholders pocketing in excess of £400 million, our members won’t accept pleads of poverty from the company.

Postal workers won’t meekly accept their living standards being hammered like this any longer, and the leadership of Royal Mail must recognise this sooner rather than later.

Our members deserve a pay rise that rewards their fantastic achievements in keeping the country connected during the pandemic, but also helps them keep up during this current economic crisis.

We won’t be backing down until we get just that.

– Dave Ward, General Secretary, CWU

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