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The Communication Workers Union (CWU) balloted around 4,000 of its members who work in the Crown post offices - the larger sites usually based in high streets.

There was an 88% majority in favour, in a turnout of 75%.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: "Our Post Office members have spoken loud and clear in this ballot. They are fed up with being treated like second-class workers by the Post Office and they want their concerns to be listened to.

"There hasn't been so much as the pretence of negotiations from Post Office Ltd and that must change if strike action is to be avoided. We are now asking the company to come to the table to discuss pay and job security for these workers and avoid the need for strike action."

Andy Furey, CWU official for Post Office members, added: "The Crown network brings significant revenues into the business and is crucial to the effective delivery of many products and services.

"The company has given pay rises to other employees and now it's time they played fair and awarded a pay rise to Crown office staff.

"Job security and the future of the network are the elephant in the room here and we want to see the Post Office acting as a responsible and fair employer, not treating parts of the workforce differently and gambling with services which communities rely on."
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Post Office workers vote YES for strike action

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Members of the Communication Workers Union have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action returning an 88 per cent yes vote in a national strike ballot. The ballot closed today (Friday) in a dispute over pay and job security for 4,000 Crown Post Office staff working in the network of 373 high street offices with three-quarters of members taking part in the ballot.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: "Our Post Office members have spoken loud and clear in this ballot. They are fed up with being treated like second-class workers by the Post Office and they want their concerns to be listened to.

"There hasn't been so much as the pretence of negotiations from Post Office Ltd and that must change if strike action is to be avoided. We are now asking the company to come to the table to discuss pay and job security for these workers and avoid the need for strike action."

Andy Furey, CWU official for Post Office members, added: "The Crown network brings significant revenues into the business and is crucial to the effective delivery of many products and services. The company has given pay rises to other employees and now it's time they played fair and awarded a pay rise to Crown office staff. Job security and the future of the network are the elephant in the room here and we want to see the Post Office acting as a responsible and fair employer, not treating parts of the workforce differently and gambling with services which communities rely on."

Ballot result in full:
Yes: 88.1%
No: 11.9%
Turnout: 74.7%

CWU is awaiting a response from Post Office Ltd to the request for talks on pay and job security for Crown office staff. The union is not issuing notice for strike action today. Seven days notice must be given for strike action in the UK.

Background to dispute:

A pay rise was due in April 2012 for Crown Post Office staff but is still outstanding. Other staff employed by the Post Office - in areas such as supply chain and administration -have received pay rises in this period and are set for further rises in 2013. Postmasters have also received a pay rise. But the counter staff in Crown offices have had nothing since April 2011.

In February the Post Office announced its intention to franchise 70 Crown offices - 20 per cent of the remaining network. This has raised fears over job security for the 770 people working in those offices and uncertainty for the future of other Crown offices.
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Post Office Committed to Transformation of its Crown Network

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Post Office disappointed by rejection of cash payment offer of up to £3400
Pay offer and plans for transformation remain unchanged
Partnering 70 branches with retailers the best way to secure high street branches
£70m investment to modernise and grow business in 300 Crown branches

The Post Office pledged today to drive forward with a transformation strategy aimed at building a profitable, modern and commercially viable business that is not reliant on government funding. This includes partnering 70 Crown branches with retailers and investing £70m in 300 Crown branches to modernise and grow services to ensure the long term viability of the Crown network on high streets across the UK.

Crown Post Offices account for three per cent of the Post Office’s 11,800 branches across the UK. Commenting on the outcome of a strike ballot held by the Communications Workers Union (CWU) over pay and critical transformation plans the Post Office said that the CWU had balloted around 3500 of its 4000 Crown workforce.

The result is therefore based on the votes of 68 per cent of Post Office Crown network staff, with the overall vote for strike action equating to 60 per cent of those staff.

This vote rejects the offer of cash payments totalling up to £3400 to be paid before April 2015. These payments are linked to the transformation of the Crown network.

Kevin Gilliland, Network and Sales Director at the Post Office said: “We are very disappointed with the CWU’s reaction to the transformation programme for the Crown network. Our offer of cash payments recognises the contribution being made by our people to the turnaround of the business.

“The result shows that a significant proportion of our staff do not wish to take strike action and would like to work with us in delivering our plans to bring the business into profit.

“There is absolutely no room for manoeuvre. These payments are fair at a time when our Crown network is operating at a loss. Our door remains wide open to discussions with the CWU as to how we get the first of these payments into pay packets as quickly as possible.

“The Crown network is making a loss of £40m per year. This is public money. We want to keep Post Office branches on high streets across the UK and the best way to do this is for 70 of our Crown branches to partner with a suitable retailer”.

The Post Office’s Crown network, which makes up three per cent of the entire Post Office network, is operating at a loss of £40 million per year, a third of the business’ overall losses. The Crown network is that part of the Post Office which is directly run and managed by the Post Office – the remainder of the 11,800 strong network is managed through franchise partnerships with local and national retailers.

Contingency plans are in place to ensure that any disruption to customers is kept to an absolute minimum in the event of strike action at any of the 370 Crown Post Office branches. The rest of the Post Office network would not be part of any strike action.

The Post Office is working hard, through introducing a range of modernisation measures and by winning new business, to bring this part of the network back to break even by April 2015. To maintain its high street presence the Post Office will be seeking retail partners to support it in setting up new post offices in 70 locations where Crown offices cannot be turned around. This approach impacts on less than one per cent of the overall network.

The Post Office is currently undertaking the biggest business transformation programme in its history. The changes taking place across the Crown network are part of the Post Office’s wider three-year transformation programme, a £1.34bn investment programme which will see thousands of Post Offices converted into new, more modern branches with longer opening hours.

The investment will maintain the size of the network and modernise branches to meet customer needs. Crown branches are a fundamental part of the Post Office’s long term growth strategy and must be brought into profit in line with commitments made to Government.
The Post Office’s Pay Proposal

The maximum cash payments dependant on grade and hours worked are:

Year one (2012/2013): £1400

Year two (2013/2014): £1000

Year three (2014/2015): £1000

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"Contingency plans are in place to ensure that any disruption to customers is kept to an absolute minimum in the event of strike action at any of the 370 Crown Post Office branches. The rest of the Post Office network would not be part of any strike action."


Its a pity "the rest" of the network was not balloted, I wonder what the result would be? Subs are for the chop as well as the Crowns, the company "will" push us too far one day.

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