Post Office claims 99% branches open

Despite the widely reported strike action by Communication Workers Union (CWU) members at Crown Post Offices nationwide the Post Office claims that 99% of its branches are open today.

The Post Office has released a statement this morning that said, “Strike action was called at around 300 branches, but around 250 of these are open. Of around 1200 people scheduled to work at these branches today, well over half are maintaining services for customers.

“The rest of the Post Office’s network of 11,600 branches are not involved in the dispute and unaffected.”

Kevin Gilliland, Post Office, Group Network and Sales Director, commented: “We want to reassure customers that nearly all of our network is unaffected by the strike action.

“It is business as usual, with more than 50,000 Post Office people on hand on hand to support customers as they make their preparations for Christmas.”

The CWU called for the strike today, Tuesday and Saturday (Christmas Eve).

The Post Office has stated that customers that have been affected by the strike who need to find an alternative post office can access www.postoffice.co.uk.

The strike was called over plans to end the final salary pension scheme for new staff members. This reflects similar moves by postal workers around the world who face cuts to their pay and conditions in an increasingly competitive market environment.
 
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