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Post Office workers to vote on strike action

PUBLISHED: 10:29 26 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:29 26 July 2016

Protesters outside the headquarters of the Business Department in London, as postal workers delivered a warning to the government that the Post Office was

Protesters outside the headquarters of the Business Department in London, as postal workers delivered a warning to the government that the Post Office was "in crisis" because of closures and privatisation.

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Thousands of post office workers are to be balloted on strike action over job losses, post office closures and pension scheme changes, the union has announced.

About 3,500 staff working in Crown post offices, supply chain depots and admin sites, will be balloted on whether to launch industrial action.

The ballot, by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), will open on August 1 and the result will be announced on August 19.

The CWU say they are protesting the “wholesale privatisation” of the network, as 80 Crown post offices have been announced for closure already.

The union say the ballot is a reaction to “widespread” job losses and the company’s decision to close the defined benefit pension scheme

Dave Ward, general secretary of the CWU, said: “The Post Office as we know it is on the brink of extinction.

“It is clear that the board’s plan is one of closure, redundancy and cost cutting on an epic scale which will permanently undermine this great British institution.

“We are repeating our call for the board to resign with immediate effect and be replaced with people who are actually interested in delivering jobs and services through this iconic brand.

“We will be highlighting our concerns for the Post Office with new business secretary Greg Clark, following up the delivery of our 20 foot postcard to his office last week.

“The government’s response on funding has been wanting and misleading – money has been spent on closing down offices and paying off staff instead of bringing new business into the network.

“The lack of imagination and ambition for this great British institution is staggering.

“We are left with no choice but to take strike action to defend the jobs and pensions of our members and the services they provide.”


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