Postal workers set to strike

2:29pm Thursday 28th March 2013

By Joe Curtis

Postal workers are set to strike this weekend.

Staff at South Woodford Post Office, Barkingside Post Office, Walthamstow Central Post Office, Leyton Post Office are likely to take industrial action on Easter Saturday in a national dispute over shop closures, pay and jobs.

The strike, for which the Communication Workers Union said 88 per cent of its members had voted in favour, is a protest against plans to close and franchise around 70 Crown offices – many of which are currently losing money.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: "Our Post Office members are standing up against destructive plans which would slash 20 per cent of the Crown network and are simply asking for fair treatment and job security.

“The Post Office's plans are short-sighted and would rob the network of the most productive offices while simultaneously putting hundreds of jobs at risk and potentially damaging local economies.

"We'd like to see a better vision for a successful network which maintains services in the heart of communities alongside quality jobs. We're confident this could be achieved if Post Office management would agree to negotiations."

Kevin Gilliland, Network and Sales Director at the Post Office said: “The CWU is ignoring the harsh commercial realities being faced by the Post Office and other retailers across the UK.

“The Post Office is transforming its network to improve customer experience and in turn bring in new business.  We are committed to the Post Office remaining a key part of UK high streets and our plans ensure this will happen.”

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