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Four post offices hit by one-day walkout

BY REBECCA BLACK

Half of Northern Ireland's Crown Post Offices were closed yesterday as workers took part in a one-day strike over pay and proposed privatisations.

The Post Office run eight post offices directly in Northern Ireland, known as Crown Post Offices. Four of these – Antrim, Bangor, Londonderry and Shaftesbury Square in Belfast – were closed yesterday, while Northern Ireland's flagship branch on Bridge Street in Belfast along with the Ballymena, Coleraine and Newtownards Crown Post Offices stayed open.

Communication Workers Union (CWU) territorial representative Johnny McKeever told the Belfast Telegraph that locally, around 80 workers took part in the industrial action.

Mr McKeever said they expected to announce further strike action in the future. "The strike is about two things, the Post Office plan to privatise 70 offices across the whole of the UK, two of them in Northern Ireland – Ballymena and Antrim," he said.

"The strike is also over pay, we haven't had a pay rise in the last two years."

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