Thousands of Post Office staff will strike on Easter Saturday in a dispute over closures, jobs and pay. The Communication Workers Union served notice to Post Office Ltd late on Thursday of the intention to strike. It follows an 88% vote in favour of strike action and a refusal from the Post Office to negotiate.
4,000 Post Office staff working in the network of 373 Crown offices, which handle 20% of all Post Office business, will strike on Easter Saturday.
The Communication Workers Union say that the strike is “in opposition to Post Office plans to close or franchise 76 Crown offices, to protect jobs and services, and secure a fair pay rise for staff who have had no rise since April 2011“.
In response The Post Office said they are “very disappointed that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) had decided to call strike action” and condemned the CWU’s refusal to understand the requirement for critical change across the Crown Post Office network which is currently losing £40m per year.
Crown branches make up three per cent of the 11,800 Post Office network. The remainder of the network will not be part of any strike action. Contingency plans are in place to ensure that any disruption to customers is kept to a minimum. If your Post Office is closed due to strike action hopefully another nearby will still be open.