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4,000 Post Office workers strike

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

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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

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