Royal Mail work­ers vote to strike in pen­sion row

Solihull News - - NEWS -

THE Royal Mail is fac­ing the threat of the first na­tional strike since it was pri­va­tised af­ter work­ers voted mas­sively in favour of in­dus­trial ac­tion in a bit­ter dis­pute over pen­sions, pay and jobs.

Mem­bers of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Work­ers Union ( CWU) backed walk­outs by 89 per cent on a turnout of 73 per cent of the 110,000 bal­loted.

It passed the thresh­old in the Gov­ern­ment’s con­tro­ver­sial Trade Union Act, un­der which bal­lots need a 50 per cent turnout for in­dus­trial ac­tion to go ahead.

The CWU be­lieves it is a “wa­ter­shed” mo­ment for unions as well as the Royal Mail, which it has ac­cused of fol­low­ing a “re­lent­less” pro­gramme of cost- cut­ting to max­imise short­term profits and share­holder re­turns.

The union ac­cused the com­pany of “uni­lat­er­ally” clos­ing its de­fined ben­e­fit, or fi­nal salary, pen­sion scheme, with new en­trants go­ing into an “in­fe­rior” scheme which will leave them in “pen­sioner poverty”.

The union is also in dis- pute over pay and is­sues such as de­liv­ery of­fice clo­sures.

CWU gen­eral sec­re­tary Dave Ward said: “Postal work­ers are un­der re­lent­less pres­sure to work faster, harder and cheaper.

“This has noth­ing to do with driv­ing growth and in­no­va­tion, it’s all about the tired old think­ing of pri­vati­sa­tion and as­set­strip­ping.”

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