Post Office workers have develop into the most recent group to launch strike motion – following a row with bosses over pay.

Up to 1,500 members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are on strike as we speak at Crown Post Offices – the bigger branches often sited on excessive streets.

The union mentioned its 24-hour strike would trigger ‘appreciable delays’ for customers.

However the Post Office mentioned half of its 114 crown branches had remained open regardless of the strike.

It suggested prospects to make use of providers in sub-post places of work or WH Smith shops if their nearest crown department is closed.

Meanwhile, Post Office provide chain and administrative workers will strike on Thursday. 

The union mentioned this can have an effect on sub-post places of work – smaller branches typically in extra rural areas.

However the Post Office mentioned it had put a spread of ‘contingency measures’ in place and it expects enterprise as normal at its 11,500 sub-post places of work.

The strike motion by workers on the Post Office, which gives over the counter providers, doesn’t contain the separate Royal Mail.

Royal Mail managers, beneath the union Unite, are set to go on strike later this month in a dispute over pay and job cuts. 

It comes amid fears of a summer season of discontent in Britain, with rail workers having already taken industrial motion and unions for lecturers, binmen, medical doctors and nurses threatening strikes.

Post Office workers have develop into the most recent group to launch strike motion, amid rising fears of a summer season of discontent

Up to 1,500 members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are on strike today at Crown Post Offices - the larger branches usually sited on high streets. Pictured: A tweet with a picture showing people supporting the CWU in today's strikes

Up to 1,500 members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are on strike as we speak at Crown Post Offices – the bigger branches often sited on excessive streets. Pictured: A tweet with an image displaying folks supporting the CWU in as we speak’s strikes

The strike motion comes after the CWU mentioned it opposed Post Office administration’s provide of a 3 per cent pay rise for the 2022-23 monetary 12 months.

Which Crown Post Office branches are open as we speak regardless of the strike by CWU members?

OPEN 

Glasgow – Open

Haddington – Open

Kirkwall – Open

Stornoway – Open

Bridlington – Open

Crossgates – Open

Eccles – Open

Grimsby – Open

Manchester – Open

Morecambe – Open

Morley – Open

Poulton Le Fylde – Open

Rotherham – Open

Sheffield City – Open

St Johns – Open

Sunderland City – Open

The Markets – Open

Birmingham – Open

Harlesden – Open

Kettering – Open

Kingsbury – Open

Leigh – Open

Leighton Buzzard – Open

Milton Keynes – Open

Northolt – Open

Oswestry – Open

Redditch – Open

Southall – Open

St Peters Street – Open

Wealdstone – Open

Barnet Open – Open: 10am – 2pm

Cambridge City – Open: 11:30pm – 2pm

Canning Town – Open

Harold Hill – Open

Stamford Hill – Open

Bideford – Open

Mutley – Open

Newquay – Open

Teignmouth – Open

Bexhill On Sea – Open

Kensington – Open

Knightsbridge – Open

Melville Road – Open

Paddington Quay – Open

Portsmouth – Open

Raynes Park – Open

Windsor – Open

Aldwych – Open

Brixton – Open

Broadway – Open

Clapham Common – Open

Eccleston Street – Open

Houndsditch – Open

London Bridge – Open

Lupus Street – Open

Vauxhall Bridge Road – Open

CLOSED

Antrim – Closed

Bangor – Closed

Belfast City – Closed

Edinburgh City – Closed

Inverness – Closed

Londonderry – Closed

Newtownards – Closed

Saltcoats – Closed

Springburn Way – Closed

Wester Hailes – Closed

Barnes Green – Closed

Bransholme – Closed

Chester Le Street – Closed

Furness House – Closed

Hyde – Closed

Kendal – Closed

Prestwich – Closed

Salford City – Closed

South Shields – Closed

Breck Road – Closed

Caernarfon – Closed

Didsbury Village – Closed

Matlock – Closed

Old Swan – Closed

Oxford – Closed

Stamford – Closed

Stockport – Closed

Cricklewood – Closed

Dereham – Closed

Golders Green – Closed

Hampstead – Closed

Kilburn – Closed

Lower Edmonton – Closed

Roman Road – Closed

South Ockendon – Closed

Dunraven Place – Closed

Gloucester – Closed

Liskeard – Closed

Merthyr Tydfil – Closed

Paignton – Closed

Port Talbot – Closed

Stroud – Closed

Baker Street – Closed

Cosham – Closed

Great Portland Street – Closed

Croydon High Street – Closed 

Romsey –  Closed

Westbourne – Closed

Worlds End – Closed

City of London – Closed

East Dulwich – Closed

High Holborn – Closed

Islington – Closed

Kennington Park – Closed

Mount Pleasant – Closed

The pay provide was made alongside a one-off lump sum fee of £500, and no pay enhance for the 2021-22 monetary 12 months.

The union complained the pay provide was effectively under the speed of inflation in the UK – which hit 9 per cent in May on the Consumer Price Index.

CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey mentioned: ‘The blame for this disruption lies completely with the senior Post Office management, who’ve repeatedly failed – and wilfully refused – to set out a smart and honest pay settlement.

‘Everyone is aware of that the one answer is a good pay rise that correctly rewards members for his or her extraordinary efforts in serving the general public and delivering a worthwhile Post Office, whereas additionally taking account of the intense value of residing.

‘There most definitely is cash out there, however administration don’t need to give workers their justifiable share.

‘Our message to the employer as we speak is: do not waste our members’ time by deceptive statements.

‘Stop the spin and get critical about pay. Until you do that, the strikes will proceed.’ 

Meanwhile, the union as we speak tweeted: ‘Our small however courageous Crown Post Office members are on strike once more as we speak. They are preventing for a correct pay rise from an organization that has made thousands and thousands.

‘They are few in numbers however they refuse to give in. The entire union stands with them.’ 

A Post Office spokesperson mentioned: ‘We can affirm that 57, which is half, of our Directly Managed Branches have opened as we speak.

‘Strike motion going down on Thursday 14 July is inside our Supply Chain community and won’t affect any of our 11,500 branches from opening as they’d usually.’

It comes as Royal Mail managers throughout the UK are set to take industrial motion later this month in a dispute over pay and job cuts.

The Unite union says 2,400 managers will work to rule between July 15 and July 19. They can even participate in strike motion from 20 July to 22 July.

Deliveries and a few providers like tracked gadgets might be possible be delayed throughout this era, in accordance to Unite.

Royal Mail mentioned there have been ‘no grounds’ for a strike and it had contingency plans to minimise disruption.

Unite says the strike motion is over Royal Mail’s plans to reduce 700 jobs and reduce pay by up to £7,000.

It follows strikes by members of the RMT at Network Rail final month which induced disruption on the railway.

Mary Bousted, normal secretary of the National Education Union, final month mentioned greater than 450,000 lecturers have been additionally contemplating strike motion if they aren’t handed a pay rise of up to 12 per cent. 

She acknowledged there was ‘a danger’ that her union’s pay calls for may gas inflation, however added: ‘The danger if you happen to do not pay lecturers correctly is larger.’ 

Meanwhile, nurses have warned the brand new Health Secretary that they should be given an instantaneous pay rise as they threaten to strike.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) desires Steve Barclay to finish a three-month delay and award its members a double-digit pay deal. 

The union mentioned a survey of virtually 1,500 folks in England confirmed that public help for nurses taking industrial motion has risen sharply.

In May, 42 per cent of respondents mentioned they have been ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ possible to again nurses however this has now risen to 49 per cent. 

In its proof to the Pay Review Body, the RCN known as for a pay rise of 5 per cent above the extent of RPI inflation, which is at the moment over 11 per cent.

But ministers have advised a 2 per cent to 3 per cent award.

Pat Cullen, RCN normal secretary, mentioned: ‘Lack of workers is placing affected person care in danger. The strain on nursing is unrelenting and now hovering inflation means workers are struggling to pay the payments and going to meals banks.

‘They are leaving the career in their droves – the unbelievable monetary hardship they face is proving the ultimate straw.

‘After a decade of pay cuts by authorities, nursing can’t afford to wait any extra. Nursing is a extremely expert career and should be recognised as such – investing in the career should begin with honest pay.

‘No nurse ever desires to take industrial motion however nothing is off the desk for our members. Nursing workers could really feel they don’t have any different alternative to shield affected person security.’

Sara Gorton, head of well being on the union Unison, mentioned: ‘The Government’s management vacuum isn’t any excuse for additional delay on placing NHS pay proper. The Government is already months behind its personal timetable.

‘Surging prices are having a horrible impact on workers and serving to them ought to be high of the precedence record for the brand new Secretary of State, not an afterthought.

‘Pay is essential in ensuring the NHS is correctly staffed and ready to present the care that sufferers want.

‘Making a correct wage award will present that ministers are critical about defending the well being service and the thousands and thousands who depend on it.

‘It’s excessive time the Government launched the PRB stories to let nurses, healthcare assistants, porters, paramedics, cleaners and all the opposite important NHS staff know if the inflation-busting pay rise they deserve might be delivered.’

A authorities spokesman mentioned it’s ‘contemplating the suggestions’.

Meanwhile, A-level and GCSE outcomes may very well be delayed this summer season after workers on the nation’s largest examination board AQA voted in favour of strikes.

Members of the Unison union need to stroll out over pay, having rejected a 3 per cent rise plus a £500 fee.

It may imply chaos whereas papers are being marked and scores processed.

And in the worst case situation, it may cease pupils getting a few of their grades on outcomes day – though AQA says it has procedures in place to guarantee a strike would don’t have any impact.

If grades are delayed pupils could have to name universities to beg for his or her place to be held or danger shedding it. 

Unison members and members of the public take part in a TUC national demonstration outside Parliament to demand action on the cost of living. Nurses are one of many groups threatening to strike including teachers, following the rail and Tube strikes in June

Unison members and members of the general public participate in a TUC nationwide demonstration exterior Parliament to demand motion on the price of residing. Nurses are one in all many teams threatening to strike together with lecturers, following the rail and Tube strikes in June 

A-level and GCSE results could be delayed this summer after staff at the country’s largest exam board AQA voted in favour of strikes (stock image)

A-level and GCSE outcomes may very well be delayed this summer season after workers on the nation’s largest examination board AQA voted in favour of strikes (inventory picture)

Passengers queue for check-in desks at Heathrow Airport amid several weeks of chaos at the transport hub

Passengers queue for check-in desks at Heathrow Airport amid a number of weeks of chaos on the transport hub

More railway workers vote to strike: Staff at Govia Thameslink be a part of RMT industrial dispute as menace of extra journey chaos looms 

More railway workers have voted to strike in the bitter dispute over pay, jobs and situations, growing the specter of journey disruption this summer season.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have been initially balloted as a part of the nationwide rail dispute together with 13 different prepare working corporations in May.

Despite voting sure, there was inadequate numbers to permit them to legally participate in the three days of strike motion final month.

A brand new poll confirmed an 80 per cent vote in favour of strikes on a turnout of 57.5 per cent, which meets the authorized threshold.

The RMT mentioned greater than 2,000 GTR workers will now participate in any future strikes.

RMT normal secretary Mick Lynch: ‘This unbelievable result’s a credit score to our elected officers and lay activists who labored across the clock to ship this emphatic consequence.

‘Our members have been denied their democratic proper to strike due to draconian poll thresholds however having smashed via these on the second time of asking, they’re raring to be a part of our marketing campaign.

‘GTR workers are actually ready to be a part of our struggle and have a authorized mandate to take motion in the long run, to get a negotiated settlement on pay, job safety and dealing situations.

‘We will proceed our negotiations subsequent week with Network Rail and the prepare working corporations with a view to getting our members a simply deal.

‘We can’t rule out additional strikes and we’re centered on successful this dispute and coming to an settlement with rail bosses that provides our members what they want.’

Mr Lynch mentioned he welcomed Aslef and TSSA balloting their members for strike motion in the identical dispute, including: ‘If rail unions keep united in our frequent battle for pay justice, job safety and respectable working situations, we can’t and won’t be defeated.’

GTR runs Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express providers.

Earlier rail workers from LNER and c2c have voted to strike over pay – becoming a member of CrossNation, East Midlands Railway and Avanti West Coast workers who’ve additionally determined to take motion, as the specter of a summer season of journey chaos will increase.

The motion on dates to be introduced will affect LNER providers between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh by way of Peterborough and York, and c2c trains which run between Shoeburyness in Essex and London Fenchurch Street.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) introduced the outcomes of three ballots as we speak – together with one on Northern which didn’t consequence in a strike. It follows current votes for strikes at CrossNation and East Midlands.

Mr Lynch has beforehand described the nationwide rail dispute because the struggle of our lifetime’. 

Last month, the RMT held three strikes which induced disruption over the course of every week. 

Unison, which represents round 160 of the 1,200 workers at AQA, mentioned the strike was backed by 71 per cent.

A turnout threshold of 50 per cent, wanted to win ballots for strike motion, was additionally reached.

Many extra AQA workers in the Unite union are additionally contemplating a strike. 

Unison regional organiser Lizanne Devonport mentioned: ‘Staff have demonstrated they’re clearly sad with the way in which they’re being handled.’

AQA mentioned pay rises would truly common 5.6 per cent and have been ‘increased than many organisations’. 

An AQA spokesperson mentioned: ‘Our precedence is at all times to be sure college students get the outcomes they deserve on time – and we now have plans in place to be sure any industrial motion would not have an effect on that. It’s a disgrace that Unison is claiming in any other case, as that is improper and solely serves to needlessly frighten college students and lecturers.

‘We’re giving our folks a pay rise that is inexpensive and better than many organisations, so it is disappointing we’ve not been ready to attain an settlement with the unions. 

‘It’s clear that Unison does not communicate for the overwhelming majority of our workers, as solely round 5% of our workforce and effectively beneath half their very own members have voted for industrial motion.

‘We’ve made distinctive concessions – so, after a prolonged dispute decision course of, we’re lastly ready to give our folks the pay rise they have been ready for since April, to assist with rising residing prices.’

It comes as unions final week suspended a strike motion by 700 British Airways check-in workers at Heathrow after the airline made an improved pay provide following weeks of chaos on the airport.

Members of the GMB and Unite unions had final month voted ‘overwhelmingly’ in favour of strike motion amid a dispute over a 10 per cent pay reduce made throughout the pandemic.

They argued that the pay had been reinstated for managers, however not for the airline’s check-in workers.

BA was accused of ‘treating its loyal workforce as second class residents’ and instructed strike motion would trigger ‘extreme disruption’ to flights at Heathrow.

But the dispute has been suspended after the airline made an improved pay provide, Unite has mentioned. An ‘settlement in precept’ is known to have been reached.

GMB and Unite members will now be balloted on the proposed provide. 

The finer particulars of the deal haven’t but been revealed, however union sources instructed the BBC {that a} ‘good provide’ had been tabled.

Unite normal secretary Sharon Graham mentioned on the announcement of the suspension of strike motion: ‘We welcome that BA has lastly listened to the voice of its check-in workers.

‘Unite has repeatedly warned that pay disputes at BA have been inevitable until the corporate took our members’ authentic grievances significantly.

‘I pay tribute to, and stand with, our members who’ve fought exhausting to shield their pay.’

And the union’s regional officer Russ Ball added: ‘I would like to salute the solidarity and bravado of our members, who, via performing in unity, have ensured {that a} vastly improved provide has been made.’

Nadine Houghton, GMB nationwide officer, mentioned: ‘All our members have been asking for was what they have been owed. British Airways lastly shifting on pay is lengthy overdue.

‘It may be very clear that workers organising and threatening industrial motion is what has delivered.

‘All our members – who’re predominantly low-paid girls – needed was to be given again the pay cuts BA imposed on them throughout the pandemic, threatening them with fireplace and rehire in the event that they mentioned no.

‘These are frontline workers dealing with anger from prospects day by day. The least they deserved was honest pay. The closing determination on any subsequent steps might be taken by them.’

Gala for militant rail union barons erupts into boos at point out of Sir Keir Starmer’s title 

Militant rail union barons led a loud refrain of boos on the point out of Sir Keir Starmer throughout the Durham Miners Gala over the weekend.

The Labour chief had stayed away from the annual Left-wing gathering, citing a previous household engagement.

And it was maybe simply in addition to firebrand RMT chief Mick Lynch instructed the group: ‘If the politicians of any stripe need to get in our manner, we’ll roll them out of the way in which and provides them our personal politics.

RMT leader Mick Lynch, pictured, addressed the Durham Miners Gala yesterday

RMT chief Mick Lynch, pictured, addressed the Durham Miners Gala yesterday 

‘So as a substitute of Keir Starmer and the entrance bench… you want to discover your voice and it is received to be the voice of the working folks in battle.’

The point out of Sir Keir’s title prompted loud jeers. By distinction, his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn was mobbed by supporters who chanted his title. The 73-year-old then stood on stage and uttered the one phrase ‘solidarity’ earlier than retaking his seat.

Mr Lynch, whose union’s strikes crippled Britain’s rail providers final month, warned: ‘I predict an entire summer season of campaigns even going into winter till we get extra equality in our financial system.’

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