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Post Office workers set to stage strikes before Christmas

13th Dec 16 10:01 am

Why is the Post Office on strike?

Post Office workers will begin strikes on Monday due to a continuing dispute over jobs, pensions, and branch closures, their union has said.

The Communication Workers Union said the walkout will begin on Monday 19 December and include Christmas Eve.

Thousands of workers from the Crown Post Office will be involved in the strike.

The Post Office have said despite this walkout it would be “business as usual” with “at least” 97 per cent of its 11,600 stores staying open as normal.

Crown Post Officers are the larger branches usually found on High Streets.

The Post Office announced in April 2016 that it would be moving 61 branches into WH Smith stores over the following year.

The move is part of a 10-year plan that will cut costs and save cash.

Andy Furey, CWU assistant secretary, told the BBC: “Our members want the Post Office management to pause its closure and privatisation programme, hold off on its planned pensions changes, and commit to sitting down with us and with the other key stakeholders of this Great British institution and, together, construct a lasting vision,”

The Post Office said its “extremely disappointed” by CWU’s action.

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