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Crown Post Office staff to stage half-day strike

Union members are campaigning against plans to franchise or close 75 of the Crown offices. Credit: PA

Staff in hundreds of Crown Post Offices will stage a fresh strike today in a long-running row over closures, pay and jobs.

Members of the Communication Workers Union will walk out for half a day from 12.30pm, the eighth round of industrial action since Easter.

The union is campaigning against plans to franchise or close 75 of the Crown offices - the larger branches usually sited in high streets - saying it will hit jobs, and adding that staff have not had a pay rise for more than two years.

CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward said: "Post Office plans to close offices, cut jobs and reduce services cannot go on unchallenged. It's time that Government stood up for these highly-valued local services which their constituents are signing petitions for in their tens of thousands.