Post Office strike action

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The CWU (Communication Workers’ Union) is planning strike action next week.

A statement from the CWU explains members working in the country’s 372 Crown post offices will take a 12th round of strike action in protest over closures, franchising, job losses and pay.

Staff are also taking action short of strike comprising a pro-active sales ban on financial products and services.

This takes place on Monday (September 30) nationally and on Tuesday (October 1).

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “If the Post Office thinks this dispute will simply fade away they are sadly mistaken. Our members are fiercely opposed to the company’s plans to close and franchise offices, slash jobs and impose a pay freeze.”

Wisbech’s Crown Post Office at Bridge Street is one of the branches earmarked for closure and there has been action locally in a bid to save it.

The Post Office is proposes to close and/or franchise 75 Crown offices. The strike action will affect up to 4,000 staff working in 372 Crown (main) post offices.