Diss Post Office could be closed this weekend for two days due to strike action.
These will be the tenth and 11th days of strike action taken part in by staff in the UK’s network of 372 Crown post offices in a five month-long dispute over closures, job cuts and pay.
The action has been organised by the Community Workers Union (CWU), and will take place tomorrow, and Tuesday.
The dispute involves up to 4,000 members of staff, but the Post Office is looking to get a couple of hundred workers from its office in Old Street, London, to work at Crown Offices across the UK to keep branches open.
A spokesperson for the Post Office told the Diss Express it was not yet known if its Diss office would be getting that form of cover to open with a ‘skeleton staff’.
She added: “We make every effort to keep branches open, and for the previous industrial action called by the CWU, 292 Branches remained open as usual, and 76 branches were closed.
“The strike action is being called by the CWU, and we cannot predict who will walk out on the day, although we make every effort to keep branches open.”
The 372 Post Office Crown branches are currently losing £37million a year of public money. To counteract this, the Post Office is proposing to franchise 70 branches with retail partners, and intends to invest around £70million in 300 branches.
Meanwhile, Post Office workers voted last Thursday to also take industrial action, albeit short of a strike.
Notice is due to be given soon as to what this will involve, with a sales ban the expected form of action.