Striking union’s Xmas threat

World 2A LEADING workers’ union is threatening strike action at post offices over Christmas unless a row over jobs, pay and closures is resolved.

The ultimatum came as the Communication Workers Union (CWU), already locked in a separate dispute with the Royal Mail over privatisation, confirmed a fresh strike affecting hundreds of Crown post offices.

CWU members, at Crown post offices in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and most of Scotland, will walk out on Monday, followed by a strike in a handful of branches in Scotland on Tuesday.

It will be the 12th round of industrial action since Easter, and staff are also taking other forms of action, including a sales ban on financial products and services.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “If the Post Office think this dispute will simply fade away, they are sadly mistaken.

“Our members are fiercely opposed to the company’s plans to close and franchise offices, slash jobs and impose a pay freeze.

“The company’s plans are to downgrade the network, reduce services to local communities and hit jobs in the network.

“There is no mandate for this course of action, and customers across the country are appalled at the reckless attitude of the Post Office towards these public services.

“We have tried talking to the Post Office about costs and efficiencies, but this is a company which made £94m profit last year and paid significant bonuses totalling £15.4m primarily to senior managers.

“This can’t be paid for by cuts to frontline jobs and services, it’s simply not right.”

He added: “Next week’s strike, and the continuing sales ban activity, will continue into the Christmas period unless management see sense and negotiate a fair deal for Crown office staff.”

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