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Post Office workers ballot over pensions and campaign against closures

Issue No. 2513

Post Office workers are to ballot for strikes over the closure of their pension scheme. They are already balloting over possible job losses caused by plans to sell off some 20 post offices.

Around 3,500 Post Office workers are being forced to move from a final salary pension scheme to a defined contribution scheme. Some workers could lose 30 percent of retirement benefits.

Andy Furey, assistant secretary of the workers’ CWU union, said, “This is another cost-cutting exercise to prop up their balance sheet at the expense of staff.”

Post Office workers should vote for strikes in both ballots.

The votes come as the CWU launched a campaign tour across Britain against Post Office closures. A union “battle bus” with a 20 foot postcard attached to the side was set to visit different towns and cities

The tour was set to finish on Friday outside the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills office in central London.

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