Post Office staff plan 24 hour strike

Post Office staff plan 24 hour strike

At the Post Office, thousands of members of staff are set to go on strike, protesting against branch closures, the loss of jobs, and pensions.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has said that the 24 hour strike, which will occur on 15th September, might not be the last bit of industrial action we see at the Post Office.

The workers are going to be joined by over 700 Post Office managers who are with the Unite union.

Dave Ward, general secretary of the CWU, said: "The Post Office is relentlessly pursuing a programme of cuts that will mean a further 2,000 job losses, staff being left tens of thousands of pounds worse off in retirement and the privatisation of its flagship branches."

"The Post Office is at crisis point and the government has to step in."

What does that mean for people who need to use the Post Office on that day? Well, apart from 'make sure you go the day before, or the day after if it isn't urgent', the PO say they've got a plan.

The Post Office said that they're "disappointed by the call for industrial action", but have a contingency plan in place, which they think is going to minimise any disruption.

Kevin Gilliland, Post Office's network and sales director, reckons that 97% of branches will carry on as normal.

He added: "The changes are needed to make our services better for customers and ensure that Post Office branches thrive at the heart of communities for future generations."

"We halved our losses in 2015/16 and are making steady progress to reduce costs to the taxpayer by making our business simpler to run and modernising our network, which is now at its most stable for decades."

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