Tuesday, September 27, 2022

United Kingdom. British postmen reject offer below inflation and confirm strike

United Kingdom. British postmen reject offer below inflation and confirm strike

The four-day fighting measure, which seeks to achieve inflation-compliant wage revaluation for postal workers, was approved on Tuesday by the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU for its acronym in English). Stoppages are scheduled for 26 and 31 August and 8 and 9 September.

The strike was approved on 19 July by union members, a community of 115,000 members who came out en masse to declare themselves in favor of the strike, a process that unions must follow to call. In the end, 96.7% of allies said yes, with 77% participation, which is expected to be the largest summer strike in the country.

At the time, the postal company’s management intended to implement a 2% pay increase, which the union deemed “severe pay cuts in real terms” for postal workers due to rising inflation.

Negotiations continued with the approval of the strike on the table. Union Secretary General Dave Ward said he would give the company “one more chance to get back on the bargaining table” but if an agreement could not be reached, the CWU would notify the Royal Mail of the planned strikes for August.

Ricky Macaulay, Chief Operating Officer of Royal Mail, said: “After more than three months of talks, CWU has failed to engage in any meaningful discussion about the changes we need to modernize or come up with alternative ideas. CWU declined our offer. Up to 5.5% Value for fellow CWU graduates, the biggest increase we’ve offered in many years, in a business currently losing £1 million a day, we can only change can fund this proposal by agreeing to they will pay for it.”

The company’s offer is well below inflation in the UK, which by recent estimates is 13%. The anger also intensified after the company recently announced millionaire earnings, 758 million pounds sterling (about $925 million), and paid 400 million pounds (about $500 million) to its shareholders and executives.

“The same day that we announced the first national postal strike since 2009 and the Royal Mail claims they didn’t have enough for wages, they settled down and handed 72,000 shares to the CFO, he says, for postmen and There is nothing. Moral bankruptcy,” he denounced. This Tuesday, CWU in its Twitter account.

The company’s bargain seeks to stipulate wage restructuring to make up for the shortage of personnel and the extension of the working day.

The UK faces a further increase in inequality as the Office for National Statistics confirms inflation is above 9.1%, the highest in 40 years.

The dynamism of this situation and the willingness of workers to fight for their rights reminds us of what was known as the “winter of discontent”. A wave of conflicts occurred in Britain in the winter of 1978–1979, in response to an attempt by the then Labor government to introduce a 5% wage cap, at a time of high inflation.

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