Up to 80 Post Offices may be closed or privatised and the CWU doesn’t much like that so Post Office workers are to be balloted for strike action.
The Post Office say that they are disappointed by the CWU decision’s to ballot for strike action, stressing they want to work constructively with the unions as they continue to make vital changes to protect Post Office services for customers for years to come.
The Post Office is urging the CWU to meet with it at ACAS to find a resolution to this matter and is reassuring customers that no strike action has been called and that should any action take place it has contingency plans to minimise disruption to customer service. Postmasters and their teams working in 97% of the Post Office’s 11,600 branches will not be part of any ballot for strike action.
Kevin Gilliland, Post Office Network and Sales Director said: “We’ve made steady progress in making our business simpler to run, reducing costs to the taxpayer whilst at the same time modernising our network which provides essential services to communities throughout the UK. We are making it better for customers providing unprecedented ease of access to our services through longer opening hours. We’re now the largest retailer open on Sundays, with 3,800 of our branches open seven days a week“.
Of course one of the reasons that branches open longer hours and more days a week is because so many are privatised and operated by staff employed by local shops such as Coop, WHSmith or Tesco. That again is part of the issue the CWU has, if more Post Offices are transferred to local shops, existing staff may well be made redundant as the shops employ their own staff to run Post Office services.
The Post Office say “We will give serious consideration to any ideas that the CWU put forward to help us create the Post Office network our customers need for the future and urge them to work in partnership with us to secure the future of our services“.
Will it affect your business? It shouldn’t – You can print postage online and Royal Mail will allow you to drop your parcels at your local Delivery Depot. Even if your Post Office is hit by strike action at some point this summer you shouldn’t suffer too much inconvenience as a result.