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Strike could cause delay at post offices

Diss, Norfolk. Staff of the Crown Post Office in Diss handing out leaflets about the propsed changes to Post Office Ltd pictured from left Rachel McCartney, Mandy Ellis, Janice Thompson and Trudy Honey

Diss, Norfolk. Staff of the Crown Post Office in Diss handing out leaflets about the propsed changes to Post Office Ltd pictured from left Rachel McCartney, Mandy Ellis, Janice Thompson and Trudy Honey

Customers could be faced with delays at Post Offices today and tomorrow as workers across East Anglia go on strike.

The Communication Worker’s Union (CWU) has called strike action numerous times since March, They claim the Post Office want to privatise and downgrade 70 Crown Post offices and close a further six, which they believe would result in the loss of more than 800 jobs, as well as imposing a pay freeze on staff.

The Post Office in Diss was closed for an hour on Tuesday, with further action planned today from 3pm to the close of business, and tomorrow between 9am and 12.30pm.

Some branches will remain open with reduced staff.

CWU East of England representative Tim Pavlin said: “Nobody wants to take strike action.

“We feel this is the time to put the pressure on the business (Post Office Ltd).

“All the signs are that progress is being made and we hope to have a revised offer from the business before Christmas.”

A spokesperson from the Post Office reiterated many Crown Post Office branches have previously remained unaffected during earlier strike action.

Kevin Gilliland, Network and Sales Director at the Post Office said: “We are extremely disappointed by the CWU continued call for strike action. We have met with the CWU repeatedly and believe progress is being made on the longer term picture, however, we also need to get the Crown network to break even by March 2015.

“The union needs to recognise that and work with us to achieve it rather than wasting time on strike action.”

 

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