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Post Office workers across the West Country strike

Post Office workers across the West have walked out in strike today.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Unite are staging a 24-hour walkout in protest at job losses, franchising of Crown offices and the closure of a final salary pension scheme.

The strike action is expected to close Post Offices at the Bristol Galleries, Keynsham, Yate, Trowbridge and Kingswood, Exeter and wider Devon.

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Weston-super-Mare Post Office is saved from closure

It seems the future of the main post office in Weston-super-Mare is now secure Credit: ITV News

The main post office in Weston-super-Mare is to remain open after all.

The branch on Regent Street shut suddenly on Monday evening due to contractual difficulties. But agreement has now been reached with the landlord.

Post Office Ltd released the following statement today:

Weston Super Mare Post Office will remain open as normal at 76 Regent Street. Agreement has been reached with the landlord to allow us to remain on the site. We are delighted agreement has been reached bringing to an end a period of unforeseen uncertainty for customers and staff.

Post Office Ltd recently consulted over plans to relocate Weston Super Mare Post Office to 84 – 86 Regent Street, Weston Super Mare, BS23 1SR. The six week public consultation has ended and an announcement will be made shortly.

– Post Office spokesperson
The Post Office could still move to another address in Regent Street Credit: ITV News

Village of Cromhall gets a new Post Office

A crowd gathered for the opening of Cromhall village shop

We hear numerous stories about village post offices closing, but today, we have news of one opening up, after a 20 year campaign.

People living in the South Gloucestershire village of Cromhall have just opened up their new shop and post office.

They hope it'll provide the community with the everyday necessities and also create a hub to bring people together.

Former postmistress guilty of stealing

A Gloucestershire post mistress facing jail for stealing parcels which customers had entrusted to her.

43 year old Karen Judd stole them when she was running Painswick Post Office.

She had denied eight charges of stealing the parcels during a six months period in late 2012 and early 2013 and was found not guilty yesterday of two of the thefts.But today the jury of eleven found her guilty of all six other charges,

The court heard that during the investigation the Royal Mail sent in two members of staff working under cover to post test parcels. One arrived but the other did not and the investigators and police raided the shop.

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Postal workers to discuss possible strike action

Postal workers in Weston-super-Mare will be meeting this morning to decide their next move in their long running dispute with Royal Mail.

They have already taken two days of strike action earlier this year,about the length of delivery rounds and disciplinary action that has been threatened against a number of workers.

Royal Mail. Credit: ITV News West Country

Postal workers to vote on strike action

Postal workers will vote on Friday. Credit: CWU

Thousands of postal workers in the West Country are voting on Friday whether to go on strike.

It is the first Royal Mail national strike ballot since 2009 and comes after a breakdown of talks in a dispute over privatisation, pay and pensions.

Unions say privatisation will wreck the postal service and threaten deliveries to rural areas.

Postal workers to vote on strike action

Postal workers will vote on Friday. Credit: PA

Thousands of postal workers in the West Country are voting on Friday whether to go on strike.

It is the first Royal Mail national strike ballot since 2009 and comes after a breakdown of talks in a dispute over privatisation, pay and pensions.

Unions say privatisation will wreck the postal service and threaten deliveries to rural areas.

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