Unite says profiteering business `awash with cash’ but wages for some slashed by up to £7,000
Royal Mail managers across the UK are set to take industrial action in a dispute over further attacks on jobs and pay.
Unite, the managers’ trade union, says that 2,400 managers will work to rule on 15-19 July, followed by strike action on 20-22 July over what has now been confirmed by Royal Mail as a plan to cut 700 jobs and slash pay by up to £7,000.
Last year, Royal Mail paid out £400 million to shareholders and recorded a £311 million profit.
The union says that its members have no other option but to take strike action as months of consultation have failed to persuade Royal Mail off a path which Unite says is a `ruinous’ and needless course given that the business is `awash with cash’.
Unite is calling on Royal Mail to recognise that it has to restore jobs because the proposed cuts are so savage they will destroy the service.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This business is awash with cash but it is putting profits and dividends for the few at the top ahead of its duties as a public service.
- Deliveries will not be covered
- Managers will take their breaks and start and finish on time
- Managers will be taking their rest days leaving units with no manger on site
- Weekends volunteer operation won't be covered
- Units will have no person in control responsible for safety of the staff and buildings
- Good will to work extra unpaid hours will cease
- Some key services, like next day delivery and tracked items, will be delayed
- Postal staff may refuse to cross picket lines or work in unmanaged buildings