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Pre-Christmas strikes move into second day

A wave of strikes by thousands of workers, hitting the rail, post and airline industries in the run-up to Christmas, are taking place for the second day.

A strike at Crown post offices closed about 50 High Street branches on Monday, while action by Southern Railway staff continues.

A series of disputes have flared over issues including jobs, pay, pensions and safety involving some of the country's biggest trade unions.

British Airways have said it plans to run a full service on Christmas Day and Boxing Day despite the impending strike by cabin crews.

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'Nearly all' Post Office branches open despite strike

The Post Office said the majority of its branches were open despite the strike.

Three hundred branches are striking, but the Post Office said around 250 of these were open.

The rest of the Post Office's network of 11,600 branches is not involved in the dispute.

Post Office group network and sales director Kevin Gilliland said: "We want to reassure customers that nearly all of our network is unaffected by the strike action."

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