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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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Seventh Post Office strike tomorrow

A seventh post office strike has been set for tomorrow in a dispute over closures, jobs, and pay. Support continues to grow for the campaign to save 74 post offices.

Post Offices affected will be:

  • the Galleries, Bristol
  • Kingswood
  • Nailsea
  • Yate
  • Bath
  • Yeovil

The union claims that the Post Office wants to close and/or franchise 74 Crown offices, 20% of the network, and cut up to 1,500 jobs.

The strike will affect up to 4,000 staff working in 371 Crown post offices. Post Office staff voted by nine to one (88%) in favour of the seventh strike action.

With the news that Post Office bosses shared £15.4 million in bonuses their plans to close offices, cut jobs and refuse to agree a pay rise for crown office staff is unbelievable. They’re lavishing bonuses at the top while slashing jobs, services and pay for front-line staff. It’s blatant fat cat behaviour from management out of touch with their workforce

– David Wilshire, CWU Bristol area Official

We are disappointed at the CWU's decision to call further strike action. This can only cause disruption to customers and cost our people money.

"We must continue with our plans to turnaround the Crown network to ensure we keep these branches on high streets and in city centres across the UK. We remain open to discussions with the CWU on pay options which do not add to the current loss of public money

– Post Office


Full statement from Royal Mail

It is disappointing that our colleagues have voted in favour of industrial action, however we remain hopeful that the issues can be resolved locally.

Royal Mail is fully committed to the process of trying to resolve concerns of postal workers based in Bridgwater by continuing to follow the national jointly agreed framework with the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

– Royal Mail spokesperson

We have made significant progress in recent months, thanks to the efforts of our colleagues and have worked hard to engage the CWU locally.

We urge the CWU not to call our people out on strike action which can only hurt our customers and damage our drive to build a strong and sustainable future for Royal Mail.

– Royal Mail spokesperson


Postal workers meet to agree further strike dates

Postal workers will meet in Bridgwater today Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Postal workers in Somerset are to agree dates to take strike action later.

They'll be discussed at a mass meeting being held at the Bridgwater Royal Mail depot this morning. It's after a dispute over bullying and staffing levels. 80 per cent of workers at the depot have voted to take action in a ballot.

Post Office workers strike over closures and pay

Post Office workers strike over closures and pay Credit: ITV News West Country

Staff at crown post offices across the region will be striking today in a dispute over jobs, closures and pay. It's the fifth time they've taken strike action over the issue.

Over four-thousand people are expected to strike from three-hundred-and-seventy-three offices across the country.

Post office workers in strike over jobs

Post office workers on strike last month Credit: ITV News West Country

Post office workers across the country are going on strike today. The action has been called in response to disputes over jobs and pay.

The Post Office plans to close 76 offices which will affect more than eight hundred jobs.

The union is seeking protection for jobs and the service. It also wants to secure a fair pay rise for staff who haven't had one since April 2011.

Today, the strike will affect 373 post offices across the country.