PO walk-out gains public support

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Staff at Wisbech Post Office staged a successful walk-out on Saturday in protest at plans to relocate the branch.

Tim Pavelin, of the Communication Workers Union, said the walk-out meant the branch in Bridge Street was closed on Saturday, while staff staged a picket line to raise awareness of Post Office plans to close 70 Crown Post Office branches nationally.

He said the seven staff members are currently in limbo not knowing how many of them will be facing redundancy as a result of the cost-cutting measure.

So far there has been no indication when the branch will close or where it will relocate into a franchise in the town.

Mr Pavelin said Saturday’s strike action was well supported by the public with over 200 people signing a petition in support of keeping the branch open, within just a couple of hours.

“Everyone was very supportive and felt the branch should stay open. I’m trying to be optimistic and hope the amount of support we received on Saturday will encourage the Post Office to re-think,” he said.

In the meantime there could be more strike action later this month.