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Post Office supply chain workers still face job loss threat

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2436

Details of an agreement between Post Office bosses and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) following a dispute over job cuts have been released.

Post Office workers responsible for handling and distributing cash had been fighting threats of 28 percent job cuts, including compulsory redundancies. The workers struck on 12 December last year. There were also plans to strike on 23, 24 and 31 December, as well as 2 January. 

But the strikes were called off when the CWU announced it had reached an agreement with bosses.

CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward had said that the union was not prepared to accept any compulsory redundancies.

But the agreement only removes the immediate threat of compulsory redundancies.

Instead, workers will be asked whether they would like to apply for voluntary redundancies. 

There is no guarantee that bosses will not attempt to impose compulsory redundancies later on.

The agreement also includes a three year pay deal of a 2.1 percent increase for the year 2014/15 and increases of 1.9 percent in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

The remaining workers will also receive a bonus of £1,400 once the deal has been implemented.

CWU members are currently being balloted on whether to accept the deal. 

The ballot will end on 20 January.


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Tue 13 Jan 2015, 17:47 GMT
Issue No. 2436
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