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Crown post office workers to strike
Workers at Crown post offices in Scotland will strike today in a fresh wave of industrial action over jobs, pay and closures.
The walkout by members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will take place at post offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dunfermline and several other towns.
It follows a UK-wide stoppage on Saturday and comes ahead of a strike by workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Tuesday following the bank holiday.
The dispute involving 4,000 staff is over plans to franchise or close more than 70 Crown post offices - the larger high street branches owned by Post Office Ltd.
Monday's strike action is the eleventh round since March and the CWU says there are no signs of it stopping unless an agreement can be reached.
Deputy general secretary Dave Ward said ahead of Saturday's strike: "The message can't be much stronger to Post Office management.
"Crown post office workers do not agree with management's slash-and-burn approach and are prepared to take prolonged industrial action to defend jobs and services and win a fair pay rise.
"This is a company which made £94 million profit last year and paid out £15.4 million in bonuses to senior managers. It's a clear case of double standards and trampling those at the bottom for the benefit of those at the top."
Kevin Gilliland, network and sales director at the Post Office, said: "We are extremely disappointed at the CWU's decision to call further strike action.
''This action can only cause disruption to customers, cost our people money and place further pressure on the Crown network which is currently losing £37 million a year.
''We must continue with our plans to turn around the Crown network to ensure we keep these branches on high streets and in city centres across the UK. We remain open to discussions with the CWU on pay options which do not add to the current loss of public money."