Belfast Telegraph

Post Office: strike won't affect bulk of branches

By Alan Jones

Postal workers will mount picket lines across the UK today when they launch a 24-hour strike in disputes over jobs, branch closures and pensions.

Members of the Communication Workers Union and Unite are taking industrial action in protest at the closure of Crown offices, job cuts and changes to the pension scheme.

The Post Office said most of its 11,600 branches will remain open despite the walkout.

Dave Ward, general secretary of the CWU, said the Post Office was at "crisis point", urging the Government to end a "cycle of closures, job losses and attacks on staff terms and conditions".

Terry Pullinger, the CWU's deputy general secretary, said it was now "do or die" for postal workers and post offices.

He said the Government and the company described the Post Office as a success story.

Mr Pullinger added: "Their idea of success is to sell Crown office buildings, put the money in the Government's coffers, then outsource or franchise the service by sticking it in the back of a WH Smith, redeploy decent, union-negotiated jobs, and replace them with minimum wage, zero hours contracts. The Government has now closed the defined benefit pension scheme."

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