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Christmas mail to be disrupted by Post Office strike
Wed, 30 Nov 2016
As part of a dispute over branch closures, jobs and pensions, more than 700 managers of Crown Post Offices will strike on Saturday 03 December.

This date is the busiest day for Christmas mail and parcels travelling overseas, and the 24-hour walkout will indeed see disruptions to the service, according to the union for Post Office workers, Unite.

The workers will be joining the Communication Workers Union (CWU), who are striking after disputes over jobs, among other grievances.

Plans were announced in April to move 61 Post Office branches into WH Smith stores by the end of 2017, as a way to help the organisation save money.

However, the CWU believe that these changes would lead to around 2,000 job losses, while the company’s pension scheme would also need to close as a result.

"We are taking this action because the management refuses to talk in a constructive manner about the pension scheme which is currently in surplus to more than £143m," said Brian Scott, Unite’s officer for the Post Office.

"This is the retirement income of our members which is at stake, and we are not going to stand idly by and let them lose thousands of pounds when they retire."

Mark Davies, a spokesman for the Post Office, said: "We are extremely sorry that the unions are attempting to disrupt services for people sending parcels and cards to loved ones in the run-up to Christmas.

"However, we would like to reassure our customers that, if a strike goes ahead on 03 December, it will impact less than 300 of our 11,600 branches. It will be business as usual in 97 per cent of our network," he continued.
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