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Post Office round-up

Issue No. 2008

Post Office Limited

Post Office Limited (POL) workers have rejected a pay deal in a consultative ballot.

The CWU union conducted a consultative ballot among Post Office staff which has resulted in 91 percent rejecting Post Office Ltd’s below-inflation pay offer of 2.4 percent.

CWU national officer Andy Furey said, “Post Office staff have had their say on the pay offer and have given a clear answer - 2.4 percent is not good enough.

“The decision to reject the offer was made in the full knowledge that if no breakthrough is achieved it could eventually lead to an industrial action ballot and dispute.”

High street closures

Post Office Limited has announced it is to close a further six Crown (high street) offices across England and Wales - and all but one are to be handed to WH Smith. The decision will mean the loss of over 120 jobs and accelerates the erosion of services provided by the Post Office.

The offices condemned for closure are at The Kingsway, Swansea; St Mary’s Street, Shrewsbury; Observatory, Slough; Warrington Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne; The Broadway Centre, Hammersmith; John Street, Llanelli.

All branches except Llanelli have been arranged to move into a WH Smith outlet. The franchises are due to open in October or November 2006.

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Sat 8 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2008
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