Post Office strike on 31 October

Unite the union has said that Post Office managers are to undertake strike action that is to take place on the 31st of October.

In statement, Unite said: “The 736 managers, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will be striking for 24 hours from 03:00 on 31 October, along with the Communication Workers Union (CWU), in the dispute embracing pensions, job losses and the franchising of Crown post offices.”

Unite warned that there could be more strikes in the run-up to Christmas, “causing severe disruption at this peak time of the year”.

Unite officer for the Post Office Brian Scott said: “Our members were angered at the announcement earlier this month that Post Office management has requested the pension scheme’s trustees close the scheme from the end of March 2017.”

The Post Office managers in the Unite union first took 24 hours of strike action on the 15th September. 64% had voted for strike action while 78% supported industrial action short of a strike. This action could have significant impact with 11,500 Post Offices across the UK likely to be affected.

There is a risk that this action could go on into the Christmas peak season if the issues aren’t resolved. Being the primary node for people who wish to use Royal Mail this could have significant problems downstream and could lead to real problems for customers of the national postal operator. As such there is no doubt that parties will be keen to resolve the matter before things pick up in the next four weeks…

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