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Further post office strikes planned for next week

Mell Square’s post office closed on Monday afternoon after staff took part in a third bout of industrial strike action in a dispute over pay and franchising branches

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Mell Square’s post office closed on Monday afternoon after staff took part in a third bout of industrial strike action in a dispute over pay and franchising branches.

Staff walked out as part of a national half-day strike, organised by the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), after The Post Office announced a planned pay freeze and proposals to move 70 branches into retailers.

Area CWU rep Dave Smith, who covers Birmingham and Solihull, said: “We regret the inconvenience to the public but we have no choice, this is what we have to do to get our message across.

“Although the Solihull town centre office will not be affected by the franchise, there is still a dispute over pay.

“The franchising of branches will have a major impact on the standard of the post office service and the general public.”

Mr Smith said there was an ‘overwhelming’ response to the latest vote for strike action.

“This just shows the strength of feeling and support is still growing.”

The Post Office said it is ‘disappointed’ with the union’s plans for further strike action on Tuesday. of next week.

A spokeswoman added: “[The further strike] can only cause further disruption to customers and will not change Post Office plans to bring the Crown network which is currently losing £40m a year of public money back into profit. Any strike action will only affect three per cent of the Post Office’s 11,800 branches.

“Our plans to partner 70 Crown branches with a retailer will allow us to maintain Post Office services for customers on these high streets whilst reducing spend on public money. We have over 10,000 branches that already operate successfully through franchises and agreements with retailers.”

 

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