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Royal Mail workers are resigning today in the biggest strike of the summer

Postal workers are on strike for a second day as their fight for better pay continues.

More than 115,000 employees have left, according to the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

Andy Furey, CWU Assistant Secretary, said: “What really upsets members is the knowledge that managers will be getting their bonuses tomorrow – on the back of the hard work our members have put in – and are refusing to pay for it to release the hard-working switch staff, supply chain and administrative staff.’

“This current leadership team has their priorities all wrong.

“They won’t be able to function without the hard work and goodwill of our members and it’s time they recognized that fact.

More than 115,000 Royal Mail postal workers are on strike today after the Communication Workers Union rejected a 2 per cent wage offer. Pictured: strikers at the Royal Mail Whitechapel Delivery Office in east London, along with someone dressed as Postman Pat

More than 115,000 Royal Mail postal workers are on strike today after the Communication Workers Union rejected a 2 per cent wage offer. Pictured: strikers at the Royal Mail Whitechapel Delivery Office in east London, along with someone dressed as Postman Pat

CWU General Secretary Dave Ward (pictured on the picket line last week) said:

CWU General Secretary Dave Ward (pictured on the picket line last week) said: “Postal workers will not be meek in accepting their standard of living being hammered by greedy business leaders who have no connection with modern Britain.”

“Hopefully the increased salary offer from 3 per cent to 5 per cent is a sign that they are moving in the right direction as a result of these strikes.

“It’s still not enough – but it’s a step forward. And with Friday’s terrible news about energy prices, it’s more important than ever that we get the fair pay our members deserve.”

Postal workers staged industrial action on Friday in what the CWU declared the “biggest strike in the UK since 2009”.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said at the time its members voted 97.6 percent to go on strike after management “imposed” a 2 percent pay rise on staff but “rewarded themselves with record bonuses.”

He said: “There can be no doubt that postal workers are totally united in their determination to secure the decent and fair pay rise they deserve.

“We cannot go on living in a country where bosses make billions in profits while their employees are forced to use blackboards.

“Postal workers will not accept their living standards being squeezed by greedy business leaders who have no connection to modern Britain.

‘They’re fed up with corporate failures being rewarded over and over again.’

Strikes are also scheduled to take place on September 8 and 9 after 97.6 percent of CWU members voted in favor of industrial action

Strikes are also scheduled to take place on September 8 and 9 after 97.6 percent of CWU members voted in favor of industrial action

Strikers (pictured outside a London post office) say a 2 per cent pay rise with inflation at 10.1 per cent is not enough

Strikers (pictured outside a London post office) say a 2 per cent pay rise with inflation at 10.1 per cent is not enough

CWU Assistant General Secretary Terry Pullinger said: “Our members have worked miracles during the pandemic and know exactly what they are worth.

“They’re fighting for a non-binding, real-world pay raise – something they’re fully entitled to.”

“Those who run the Royal Mail Group treat our members with contempt by imposing such a small amount.

“The Royal Mail Group failed to see the strength of the feeling and clearly lost the dressing room on pay, so they left us no choice but to fight.

“Our members deserve a pay raise that recognizes their fantastic achievements in keeping the country connected during the pandemic, but also helps them keep pace in this current economic crisis.

“We won’t back down until we get exactly that.”

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “The CWU’s self-centered actions with the wider union movement are putting jobs at risk and making wage increases less affordable.

“We are losing £1million a day and the CWU’s strike action is making our situation worse. We want to secure well-paid, permanent jobs in the long term and maintain our place as the industry leader in terms of pay and conditions.

“Each day of strikes makes this more difficult and makes Royal Mail’s future more uncertain than at any time in its long history.

“The CWU failed to respond to our recent invitation to a meeting to discuss change and pay, instead creating red herrings around universal service, renationalization and shareholder activity. The CWU is a distraction to avoid talking about the changes we need to make as a company.

“On the first day of the CWU strike, more than 850 offices were operational as we worked to minimize disruption to customers and keep people, businesses and the country connected.

“Over the Bank Holiday weekend, Royal Mail teams worked tirelessly to implement our recovery plans and ensure NHS letters and critical government mail were prioritized as we deleted mail to return to normal levels of service.

“We need the same commitment from CWU leadership to advocate for change because that’s the only way we can free up more salaries.

“Our future is a parcel business. We must adapt old letter-based ways of working to an increasingly parcel-dominated world and act quickly.

“We cannot cling to outdated working practices, ignore advances in technology and pretend that Covid has not materially changed what the public wants from Royal Mail.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience that the CWU strike action will cause.

“We remain ready to speak with the CWU to try to deter harmful industrial action and avoid significant inconvenience to customers. But all conversations have to be about both change and payment.”

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Emma Colton

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