Communication Workers Union spokesperson Andy Furey said Post Office workers did not want to strike, but were determined to "secure a fair settlement." He said he was optimistic about agreement being reached.
Roger Gale from the Post Office said the Communication Workers Union were making "unrealistic" pay demands considering the fact that the company is losing £37 million a year.
The union was asking for a pay increase of three and a half percent last year, and three and a quarter percent this year, which Mr Gale said was "unaffordable."
Crown post office workers are prepared to take prolonged industrial action to defend jobs and win a fair pay rise, the deputy general secretary of the Communications Workers Union said today.
Dave Ward added:
This is the first time we have announced two days of strikes at the same time and the first time we have announced back-to-back days of strike action.
This is a company which made £94 million profit last year and paid out £15.4 million in bonuses to senior managers.
It's a clear case of double standards and trampling those at the bottom for the benefit of those at the top.