Post Office workers have voted for strike action in a dispute with management over pay and job security. Nearly 4,000 staff from 373 Crown were balloted; 93% of those who voted were in favour of industrial action. Turnout was 66%.
The dispute centres around two areas: the lack of any pay increase for counter staff, and concerns over job security as Post Office Ltd has refused to extend a guarantee on the number of Crown offices (the large main offices found mostly in town centres), leading the Communication Workers Union to believe that further closures are planned.
The CWU’s deputy general secretary, Dave Ward, said:
this ballot is about more than pay; it is the job security of our members and the future of the Crown office network which is also at stake. We want to see a strong network of Crown offices, but the government and the company appear to be hiding the fact that they are planning a programme of further Post Office closures.
The Union has urged POL to return to talks; no dates for any industrial action have yet been set. The rest of the Post Office network is not involved in this dispute.