London: Britain’s Royal Mail has apologised after a manager announced an 11 per cent pay rise for staff, only to later reveal it was an April Fool’s Day prank.
A poster put up at Royal Mail Gloucester North claimed the company had reached an agreement with the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) after months of strikes over pay.
A post office worker walks by Royal Mail vans.Credit:AP
It detailed a pay rise of 11 per cent, backdated to April 2022, to be paid on Tuesday April 4, as well as other measures to improve working conditions for staff.
An angry member of staff shared the poster online after realising it was not genuine.
The CWU condemned the prank as “nasty” and “tone deaf”.
The letter was sent just days after reports claimed the CWU was preparing to announce new strike dates after it was unable to reach an agreement with Royal Mail over workers’ pay.
Some Royal Mail workers used social media to brand the manager who wrote it a “horrible human being” who “should be ashamed” and some even called for him to be sacked.
But others claimed the poster was “unbelievable” and took aim at those who thought it was true in the first place.
Royal Mail apologised for “any upset caused” by the “misjudged” joke and confirmed the poster had been removed.
A Royal Mail spokesman said, “We apologise for any upset caused by this misjudged April Fools’ joke at one of our delivery offices. The poster was removed and the local manager has apologised.”
A CWU spokesman said: “For many Royal Mail employees, the workplace is now a completely toxic environment where nasty, tone-deaf ‘jokes’ such as these are considered culturally acceptable.“
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