Post Office workers go on 24-hour strike amid branch closure and pay cut row


300 branches affected

Over 4,000 member of the Communication Workers Union are striking today affecting 300 Post Office outlets.

Workers are protesting against branch closures, job cuts and pension changes.

Despite the walk out, most of Post Office’s 11,600 branches would remain open.

Dave Ward, general secretary of the CWU, said the Post Office was at “crisis point”, and urged the government to stop the “cycle of closures, job losses and attacks on workers’ terms and conditions”.

Kevin Gilliland, the Post Office’s network and sales director, said: “The Post Office is a national institution that is successfully adapting to change and we are safeguarding the future of the network,” he said. He said the changes to the Post Office’s pension arrangements were “the responsible thing to do both for members of the plan and for the long-term financial health of the business.”