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.
Union: Post office plans put hundreds of jobs at risk
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".
Responding to George Osborne's announcement on regional pay for civil servants, the TUC President in Wales Andy Richards says strikes can't be ruled out. He said there was no justification for regional pay