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University: 'Strike action is regrettable'

The University has taken steps to minimise the impact and plan to maintain services as far as possible. All University buildings will be open. There may be some minimal disruption to opening times for some University buildings, postal services and teaching. Any changes to the teaching schedule will be communicated directly via Academic Schools.

"It is regrettable that the Trade Unions have decided to take this action. Pay negotiations are conducted at a UK level and we would encourage the Trade Unions to continue dialogue within the agreed national procedures."

It is regrettable that the Trade Unions have decided to take this action. Pay negotiations are conducted at a UK level and we would encourage the Trade Unions to continue dialogue within the agreed national procedures.

– Cardiff University Spokesman

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University staff to strike over 1% wage rise

A picket line is expected to be held at Cardiff University. Credit: PA

Higher Education workers are due take strike action this morning in response to a pay offer of a 1%.

UNISON Cymru says it will be taking industrial action and holding a picket line at Cardiff University alongside Unite and University and College Union.

Simon Dunn, UNISON Cymru/Wales higher education lead, said, "Some of our members in higher education are not even paid a living wage and most have experienced a real term drop in wages of almost 15%. That is bound to have a devastating impact on people's lives.

"And to add further insult to injury, Chief Executives' and Vice Chancellors' pay is extremely generous, with the highest paid vice chancellor in Wales receiving £264,000 a year."

Another strike for Crown Post Office workers

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Crown Post Office workers went on strike at Neath over Easter Credit: ITV News

Staff at Crown Post Offices across Wales are to hold another strike next week over proposals to offer their sites for franchise. Workers at Neath, Carmarthen, Morriston, Port Talbot, Holyhead and Llangefni held pickets during the Easter weekend over fears that their services will be downgraded.

But the Post Office says that it faces harsh commercial realities.

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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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