Royal Mail workers have voted by 99% to demand an above inflation pay rise.
In the same consultation, Communication Workers Union (CWU) members working for Royal Mail returned a 96% majority in opposition to proposed privatisation, and a 92% majority in favour of boycotting mail from private competitors, and a 92% majority in favour of a policy of non-cooperation with company procedures in workplaces where budget cuts have made workload levels impossible to deal with.
With the company’s recent profits are in excess of £400 million, CWU has denounced its latest proposals on pay and conditions — which offered an 8.6% increase over three years but with various conditions including cuts to pension provision — as “misleading and unacceptable”, and “laden with strings”.
The union says its executive will meet “in the near future” to decide what action to take following the ballot.
In a separate dispute involving Crown Post Office workers, CWU members struck for a sixth time on 20 June, closing offices around the country.