Post Office staff strike over planned job losses

Post Office workers have voted to strike, following concerns over planned cuts to jobs, services, and pensions.

Just over 3,500 members took part in the vote, with 83 per cent petitioning to strike, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) revealed.

Union officials had said that the Post Office was “on the path to extinction” and in dire need of intervention.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said: “The Post Office is at crisis point and the Government has to step in.

“The Government separated the Post Office from Royal Mail and declared it would be safe in public hands. In reality we have seen public funding being withdrawn, falling from £210m in 2013 to £80m this year, and a complete failure from the board to grow its revenues to make up for this.

“Staff and customers are the ones who are paying the cost.”

Up to 2,000 workers risk losing their jobs and pension schemes if plans to slim down the Post Office go ahead.

The Post Office had halved its losses in 2015-2016, and is in the process of modernising over 11,600 branches.

“We must continue with our plans to modernise our network and make it better for customers”, said Kevin Gilliland, Post Office sales director.

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Donna Martin

Donna Martin

Partner at Mackrell Turner Garrett
Donna Martin is a partner in the Employment team of Mackrell Turner Garrett’s London office. As an Employment Relations Specialist, she advises both employers and employees on a full range of contentious and non-contentious issues. She joined the firm in 2011 after training and qualifying at Vizards Wyeth Solicitors in London, where she practiced employment law and commercial litigation.
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