Post Office closure strikes

Staff at Crown Post Offices across the Midlands will walk out in protest over jobs, pay and closures today. It is one of 70 branches that faces franchise.

Post Office issue statement on today's strikes

In response to today's strikes at more than 300 crown Post Offices nationwide, the Post Office issued the following statement:

"Crown branches are currently losing £40 million per year and this is being subsidised by public money.

This cannot continue. We are committed to the Post Office remaining a key part of UK high streets and our plans ensure this will happen."

As well as opposing branch closures, the CWU are also demanding an end to pay-freezes for its members.

And stress that unless an offer is forthcoming, more industrial action could be on the cards."

– Post Office spokesperson

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Union: Post office plans put hundreds of jobs at risk

A Post Office sign.
Strikes are scheduled at post offices around the UK . Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) claims that plans to close or franchise 70 of the UK’s biggest post offices - known as the Crown network - will affect hundreds of jobs.

Dave Ward, the CWU's deputy general secretary, said, "Our Post Office members are standing up against destructive plans which would slash 20% of the Crown network and are simply asking for fair treatment and job security.

"The Post Office's plans are short-sighted and would rob the network of the most productive offices while simultaneously putting hundreds of jobs at risk and potentially damaging local economies.

“We'd like to see a better vision for a successful network which maintains services in the heart of communities alongside quality jobs.

"We're confident this could be achieved if Post Office management would agree to negotiations".

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Post Office say 97% of branches unaffected by strikes

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Post Office regrets CWU call for strike action at 370 Post Offices tomorrow; we apologise for any inconvenience caused - 97% not affected.

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Many of our Crown branches have opened this morning. The remaining 11,500 branches are unaffected by strike action.

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Over 100 Crown Post Office branches have opened this morning out of the 370. The remaining 11,500 branches are unaffected by strike action.

Kings Heath Post Office workers protest over proposed franchise

Post Office want to close or franchise the store in Kings Heath
Post Office want to close or franchise the store in Kings Heath Credit: PA

Staff at a Post Office in Kings Heath will walk out in protest over jobs, pay and closures today.

Commercial Workers Union members will be protesting outside the branch as it is one of 70 that could be closed or turned into a franchise.

300 Crown Post Office staff members, from across the UK, are expected to walk out in support of the protest.

The Post Office say that nearly 12,000 branches are unaffected.