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Post office workers to strike over closures, cuts and pensions

Some 2,000 Post Office jobs are set to be cut and pension schemes have been axed. Credit: PA

Postal workers have voted to strike over job cuts, branch closures and pensions, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has announced.

The union said the Post Office was "on the path to extinction" as the ballot saw an overwhelming majority of 83.2% vote in favour of industrial action.

The union said workers face 2,000 job cuts and the closure of a pension scheme in a "strategy of slash and burn" by the board of the company.

CWU general secretary, Dave Ward said: "The Post Office is at crisis point and the government has to step in."

The Post Office is at crisis point, the union said. Credit: PA

Some 3,500 union members from Crown offices, supply chain depots and administration sites were balloted, the union said ahead of the vote.

It was said to be the first time workers from different parts of the business were balloted together.

The industrial action comes amid concerns that public funding for the Post Office has been withdrawn and revenues have stalled causing staff and customers to pay the cost, the union said.

The government has to step in, convene a summit of key stakeholders and hammer out with us and the board a strategy that will give the Post Office a future. It cannot wash its hands of this and simply stand by as a national institution goes under.

Just as we have seen with Tata Steel, this is another clear example of the Government having no plan whatsoever to stand up for British industry.

– CWU general secretary, Dave Ward