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Post office counters strike

Issue No. 1988

Post office counters workers struck at 42 sites in and around London on Monday against privatisation and closures of crown offices (high street offices owned by the Post Office).

The strike hit the NW, W, WC and UB postcodes plus Potters Bar and St Albans in Hertfordshire. There was a lively day of campaigning in Mill Hill, where the office is to be taken over by a private company.

John Gaby, branch secretary of the London North Western Counters and Clerical branch, said: “We are making a stand and want to highlight the plight of the crown post offices. Things have never been this bad.”

CWU union rep Neil Walsh said, “There’s no redundancy and no retirement package being offered to workers at offices that are handed to private operators. Instead workers have to go to other post offices where they are only being guaranteed a position for three months.

“During the strike day we had entertainment, music and food. People dressed up as pirates to represent how the post office is stealing away our business from the community.”

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Sat 18 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1988
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