Hundreds of workers at the post office are forging ahead with plans to stage a five-day walkout. The postal workers plan to stage the crippling strike in a dispute over jobs, branches closing down and their pensions.
The Communications Workers Union (CWU) – the members of which predominantly work behind the counter at Post Office branches around Britain – are set to walk out of their jobs in protest for three days in December. The strikes are scheduled for the 19th, 20th and 24th of December.
Other members who work as cash-handlers and those who ensure money is delivered the the Post Office network will strike for 48 hours, according to the union.
Hundreds more littler branches, numerous in provincial ranges, will battle to work since they won’t get their typical money conveyance.
The consolidated modern activity the nation over will include more than 4,000 specialists and will bring about 300 bigger post workplaces shutting completely or working a skeleton benefit amid Christmas week.
The union is involved in a long-running argument about occupation misfortunes, the conclusion of a last pay benefits plot and the diversifying of Crown Post Offices, the bigger branches as a rule sited on high boulevards.
CWU right hand secretary Andy Furey said: ‘The majority of the fault for this terrible unforeseen development is 100 for each penny down to the uncompromising nature of the organization, who have propelled a phenomenal assault on the employments, professional stability, and annuities of a large number of persevering and faithful Post Office specialists.
‘Our individuals need the Post Office administration to respite its conclusion and privatization program, hold off on its arranged benefits changes, and focus on taking a seat with us and with the other key partners of this Great British organization and, together, build an enduring vision.
‘We need to cooperate to assemble a constructive future for the Post Office, its workforce and, obviously, the general population who we serve.
‘The CWU can be a useful accomplice to work with, however unfortunately, the general population at present running the organization have, in this way, picked the way of contention and mechanical debate.’
CWU general secretary Dave Ward said: ‘Our individuals are being constrained into battling to spare their employments and this extraordinary establishment from terminal decay.
‘We would not like to be in this position, yet unless we stand up now, the Post Office as we probably am aware it will stop to exist. We are protecting the exceptionally eventual fate of the Post Office in this nation.
‘We need a Post Office that works for everybody, for groups, for little and medium-sized organizations, and for the general population who serve them – our dedicated individuals, yet the general population running the Post Office have no genuine arrangement other than further terminations and oversaw decay and we won’t acknowledge that.’
‘We will make a firm proposition for significant converses with build up a dream for the future and, if the organization react to that decidedly, then this debate can be maintained a strategic distance from.’
The Government has already shielded its choice to “rebuild” the Post Office to attempt to end tremendous misfortunes – which were running at £40 million a year up to 2013.
WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU
Both the Post Office and Royal Mail insist that last posting dates for Christmas deliveries will not be affected by the strike action planned by the Communication Workers Union.
To ensure items reach their destinations in time, second-class letters and parcels should be posted by Tuesday, December 20.
First-class post must be sent by Wednesday, December 21.
Royal Mail say they will be delivering up to and including Christmas Eve, which this year falls on a Saturday.
Last week Kevin Gilliland, Post Office network and sales director, insisted that even if the Christmas strike went ahead, the majority of branches would remain open.
He said: ‘We have not received any formal notification of action from our unions and, should further action be taken, we can reassure our customers that at least 97 per cent of our network will be open for business as usual.
‘We are disappointed the unions are trying to unsettle customers as they prepare for Christmas, rather than engaging with us in talks to find a constructive way forward which will enable the Post Office to thrive for the long term.’