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Crown Post Office staff to stage strike action

Workers in hundreds of Crown post offices will take fresh strike action today in a long-running row over branch closures, jobs and pay.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at up to 371 of the offices will walk out for 24 hours -in the seventh round of industrial action since Easter.

The union said growing numbers of members of the public and shop owners were supporting its campaign to stop plans to franchise or close 74 of the Crown offices - the larger branches usually sited in high streets.

Officials have warned that jobs will be lost if the plans go ahead, adding that staff have not had a pay rise for more than two years.

A fifth day of strikes for Post Office workers

Post Office workers will stage fresh strikes today in a long-running row over branch closures, jobs and pay.

A fifth day of industrial action will take place, after the failure of last week's talks to try and resolve the issue.

Post Office workers will stage a fifth day of strikes today Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Communication Workers Union is opposed to plans to close or franchise 76 Crown offices, the larger branches usually based in High Streets, saying 800 jobs will be affected, as well as disputes over pay.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: "There's growing unrest within the Post Office and it's time that management responded to workers' concerns."

Read: 4,000 Post Office workers strike

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Post Office workers due to go on strike

Thousands of workers in the country's biggest Post Offices are due to stage a fresh strike tomorrow in a long-running row over branch closures, jobs and pay.

Members of the Communication Workers Union at the Crown offices will launch their fifth day of industrial action. It comes after the failure of talks last week to try to resolve the dispute.

The union is opposed to plans to close or franchise 76 Crown offices, the larger branches usually based in High Streets, saying 800 jobs will be affected. The two sides are also in dispute over pay.

There's growing unrest within the Post Office and it's time that management responded to workers' concerns.

There is massive public opposition to the closure and franchise plans and Post Office management have had to admit that their figures on our pay claim were wrong.

They cannot continue to plough blindly ahead with deeply unpopular and unnecessary plans.

– Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary

Union: Plans based 'overwhelmingly on cost-cutting'

The Post Office's transformation plan is based "overwhelmingly on cost-cutting", the Communication Workers Union said. It claimed:

  • Plans rely on staff cost cutting to account for more than half of all cost reductions
  • Only 20% of the gap to break-even will come from new income
  • Reliance on franchising is up by £2 million to £8 million compared to last September
  • The management's pay offer of lump sums is conditional on reaching "unrealistic savings through closure of offices", many staff are likely to never receive the money on offer it said

Post Office staff strike over franchising, jobs and pay

Workers at Crown Post Offices will stage a strike today, as part of a dispute over franchising, jobs and pay.

A protest outside a branch of a Post Office in Pimilico, central London, during a half-day national strike in April Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Members of the Communication Workers Union voted 88% in favour of strike action, on a 75% turnout on 8th March 2013.

Post Office staff have previously taken action on Easter Saturday, April 19 and April 29.

Read: Post Office workers go on strike around the UK

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Fourth Post Office strike since Easter for workers

Four thousand Post Office workers will strike today in a dispute against plans to freeze wages and close 20% of the network.

It is the fourth time workers will stage a protest since Easter, today's strike involves staff working at more than 370 Crown offices, affecting 800 jobs.

Post Office near Covent Garden, London as workers in the country's biggest Post Office will stage a fresh strike Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The Communication Workers Union says staff have not had a pay rise since April 2011.

It believes the Post Office's 'transformation' plans are based overwhelmingly on cost-cutting.

Read: Crown Post Office workers to strike again

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