Post Office managers to take industrial action over pay

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Image caption Unite said the industrial action by managers would be stepped up if there was no agreement.

Post Office managers are to take their first industrial action in 34 years in a dispute over pay.

The Unite union, which represents 900 managers, said its members would ban overtime and work to rule for 24 hours on Friday.

Unite said it had been in talks for 16 months over a pay deal, but "intransigence" by the company had forced managers into action.

The Post Office said it was "disappointed" by the decision.

Post Office workers are involved in a separate dispute over jobs and pay, and are planning a strike in November.

'Important day'

The Unite union said industrial action by managers would be stepped up if there was no agreement.

National officer Brian Scott said: "Unite members will not undertake any overtime, will refuse to work any additional hours or do work not proper to their role in the organisation.

"They will also refuse to travel outside of their working time, nor will they work in a location other than their normal place of employment.

"This is an important day for Unite members in the Post Office. They are keen to impress upon their employer their dissatisfaction with the failure to reach a pay agreement with the union and see this an opportunity to protest," Mr Scott said.

A Post Office spokesman said: "We are disappointed that Unite has chosen to call industrial action at a time when we are continuing constructive discussions to resolve the current dispute.

"We are confident that the majority of our managers do not support this action and will be working as normal on Friday."

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