Post Office – strike will have little impact

Despite the strike this coming Saturday the Post Office has said to its customers that ‘almost all’ of its network will be open on Saturday. Workers at Crown Post Offices including staff and managers are going on strike over pensions, jobs and closures.

Members of the Communications Workers Union and Unite will walk out for 24 hours in protest at the closure of their final salary pension scheme as well as job losses and the franchising of Crown Post Offices.

Despite the walk out however, the Post Office has told the media that 97% of its 11,600 branches will be open.

Kevin Gilliland, Post Office network and sales director, said: “We want to reassure people that almost all of our network will be open and operating normally.

“Action affects fewer than 300 of our branches, and many of these will be open to maintain services for customers preparing for Christmas.

“It will also be business as usual in the rest of our network – over 97% of branches will be operating their usual Saturday service.

“Instead of trying to unnecessarily alarm customers during the festive season, we want the unions to join us in talks to discuss our strategy.

“Their members work very hard to give our customers the best possible service in the run-up to Christmas, this action can only cause concern to customers.”

The Post Office strike is reflective of the way many traditional postal operators’ staff around the world are reacting to new working conditions in a highly competitive environment.

 
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