Despite months of strike action over job security, closure of final salary pension and branch closures, a Post Office CEO has been named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Kevin Gilliland, Chief Executive of Post Office Retail, will receive an OBE for his services to the Post Office and local communities.
He said: “I am thrilled and deeply honoured to receive the OBE. It reflects for me the commitment and dedication of the many thousands of people who work tirelessly every day to improve Post Office services for customers – this honour is for them as much as it is for me.”
However, not all the “thousands of people” that he name-checked were as enthralled at the news as he was. To gauge the workforce’s opinion on the matter, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) conducted an online poll. 96% of the nearly 3,000 who voted said the honour was a disgrace.
Dave Ward, the CWU’s General Secretary, said in a message to the Government: “Post Office director getting new year honour whilst destroying jobs, pensions and closing post offices sums up why we need fundamental political change in this country. The only reward they deserve is the sacking."