Strikes by postal staff round Black Friday and within the run-up to Christmas should proceed after their union rejected a pay supply that Royal Mail mentioned was ultimate.
Members of the Communications Employees Union (CWU) will strike for 48 hours on Thursday and Friday and on November 30 and December 1, and also will take single motion on December 9, 11, 14, 15 and 23 and on Christmas Eve. .
Royal Mail mentioned it had made a proposal to the CWU with “in depth enhancements”, together with a pay deal to extend by as much as 9% over 18 months, supply to develop a brand new profit-sharing scheme for staff and make voluntary redundancy phrases extra beneficiant.
The CWU mentioned Royal Mail’s supply to postal staff would make the service a “gig economy-style parcel courier, counting on informal labour”.
The union is asking for an improved 18-month pay deal, a assure of no obligatory redundancies and an “different enterprise technique” which it says will permit Royal Mail to develop.
CWU normal secretary Dave Ward mentioned: “We’re disillusioned that quite than reaching a compromise to keep away from main disruption, Royal Mail has chosen to pursue such an aggressive technique.
“We won’t settle for that 115,000 Royal Mail staff – the individuals who hold us related in the course of the pandemic, and generate hundreds of thousands in income for bosses and shareholders – take a devastating blow to their livelihoods.
“These proposals spell the tip of Royal Mail as we all know it, and its demotion from a nationwide establishment to an untrustworthy Uber-style gig financial system firm … forward of its time.”
The federal government has rejected a request from Royal Mail to cease sending letters on Saturdays, however the firm says it is going to be financially devastated until phrases of service are modified.
In October the corporate, which reported a lack of £219m within the six months to September, mentioned it needed to minimize as much as 10,000 jobs by subsequent August.
Simon Thompson, chief govt of Royal Mail, mentioned: “Talks have been happening for seven months and we have now made many enhancements and two pay presents, which is able to now see as much as a 9% pay rise over 18 months alongside plenty of different enhancements. That is a proposal that our greatest and final.
“Negotiations contain give and take, however plainly the CWU’s strategy is just to take. We need to attain a deal, however time is operating out for the CWU to alter their place and never additional harm the strike motion tomorrow.
“The strikes have added £100m to Royal Mail’s losses thus far this yr. In a materially loss-making firm, with every extra day of strike motion we face the troublesome alternative of whether or not we spend cash on paying and defending jobs, or on strike prices.
Britain faces a season of discontent as Royal Mail staff might be joined by college lecturers and lecturers, who’re additionally set to strike on Thursday over pay, pensions and contracts.
Round 70,000 members of the College and Faculty Union (UCU) will strike tomorrow and Friday, and once more on November 30.
It comes as railway staff are set to stage a collection of 48-hour strikes in December and January.
Greater than 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union throughout Community Rail and 14 prepare working firms will strike on 13, 14, 16 and 17 December and on 3, 4, 6 and seven January.
Nurses might announce strike motion for December within the coming days if the federal government doesn’t enhance its supply.