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Post office staff ‘itching’ to strike for jobs and pay

Issue No. 2346

Thousands of Post Office workers were preparing to strike on Easter Saturday in a dispute over pay, conditions and job security.

Over 4,000 staff, working at 373 Crown offices, were set to walk out after voting 88 percent in favour of strikes on a 73 percent turnout.

They are angry at bosses’ plans to close or franchise 76 major high street offices, and at pay being frozen since April 2011.

CWU union area rep, Mole Meade, told Socialist Worker that workers in his area are “livid” with the way management are running down the Post Office.

“The Kent and Sussex area that I represent is itching to be on strike,” he said.

“There’s not much tradition of industrial action here, but we’re absolutely fed up now. The bosses say they will keep a lot of sites open during the strike. I can’t see that happening because staffing levels have been cut to the bone.

“We’re asking fellow trade unionists to show solidarity and to write to their MPs.

“MPs often talk about saving the high street, but many seem to want to turn a blind eye to what will happen if dozens of Crown Post Offices are closed.”

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Thu 28 Mar 2013, 13:04 GMT
Issue No. 2346
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