More than 115,000 postal workers will quit in August and September over pay disputes
The CWU said its members will move out for two days at the end of August, with more planned for September, and services are suspended as a result of the industrial dispute.
CWU Scottish Regional Secretary Craig Anderson warned that deliveries and collections would be “shut down” during the four-day strikes across Scotland.
The CWU tweeted: “15,000 postal workers will strike for a decent pay rise. Four days.
“All actions comment 0400. £750m profit, £400m to shareholders, millions to bosses.
When do Royal Mail staff go on strike?
Employees will go on strike over a four-day period and walkouts will take place on the following dates:
- Friday 26 August
- Wednesday 31 August
- Thursday, September 8th
- Friday September 9th
The strike follows a recent vote in which 98% of CWU members voted in favor of action.
Why are workers on strike?
Last month, the CWU urged the Royal Mail to start talks to agree to a “simple, non-binding” pay rise.
The union said management had responded with a 2% wage increase which it said would dramatically reduce workers’ living standards due to rising inflation.
A further 3.5% increase is available subject to a number of changes being agreed, the company said, but the CWU rejected that offer.
CWU General Secretary Dave Ward said: “Nobody takes the decision to strike lightly, but postal workers are being marginalized.
“There is no doubt that postal workers are unanimously united in their determination to secure the dignified and appropriate pay rise they deserve.
“We cannot go on living in a country where bosses make billions in profits while their employees are forced to use blackboards.
“When Royal Mail bosses rake in £758m in profits and shareholders pocket £400m, our members will not accept any declarations of poverty from the company.”
CWU Deputy General Secretary Terry Pullinger added: “Our members know exactly what they are worth. They are willing to fight for a no-obligation, real-world pay rise to which they are fully entitled.
“No worker wants to be in that position and since the beginning of this dispute we have diligently continued the discussions and negotiations. However, this was denied by management who left us no choice but to fight.
“Our members deserve a pay raise that recognizes their fantastic achievements in keeping the country connected during the pandemic, but also helps them keep pace in this current economic crisis.
“We won’t back down until we get exactly that.”
What did Royal Mail say?
Royal Mail chief Simon Thompson told Sky News last month that the company had offered staff a 5.5% pay rise with no strings attached.
The company has also granted workers an unconditional 2% wage increase due to living expenses starting this month.
Mr Thompson said: “Our team definitely deserves a raise. I think we all realize what is surrounding us in terms of the cost of living crisis.
“None of us are immune to this, my team is not immune to this.”
Royal Mail said last month it was “disappointed” that members of the CWU had voted for industrial action, adding that it would continue to seek an agreement on pay.
Ricky McAulay, Operations Director at Royal Mail, said: “After more than three months of talks, the CWU has failed to have a meaningful discussion about the changes we need to modernize or come up with alternative ideas.
“The CWU rejected our offer worth up to 5.5% for CWU colleagues, the largest increase we have offered in many years.
“At a company that is currently losing £1million a day, the only way we can fund this offer is by agreeing to the changes that will pay for it.
“Royal Mail can have a bright future, but we cannot achieve that by living in the past. Modernizing allows us to offer our customers more of what they want at a price they are willing to pay, while protecting jobs on the best terms in our industry.
“The CWU’s failure to engage in the changes we need is a relinquishment of responsibility for the long-term job security of its members.
“We apologize to our customers for the disruption the CWU industrial action will cause.
“We stand ready to speak further with the CWU to try to deter harmful industrial action, but as we have said time and time again, it has to be about both change and pay.
“We have contingency plans in place and will be working hard to minimize disruption and get our services back to normal as soon as possible to keep people, businesses and the country connected.”