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Posted on 23 May 2013 at 12:39 GMT

Fifth post office strike on Tuesday

From a CWU press release:

A fifth round of strike action will be taken by Crown post office workers on Tuesday 28th May as the dispute over jobs, closures and pay continues.

Talks held in the past week have made no progress on the major issues leaving CWU with little option other than to serve notice for more strike action.

CWU managed to secure an outstanding 100 payment for staff at a meeting last week, but no progress was made on the bigger issues of pay and the post office's plans to close or franchise 76 Crown offices (20% of the network) affecting over 800 jobs.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said:

"There's growing unrest within the post office and it's time that management responded to workers' concerns.

"There is massive public opposition to the closure and franchise plans and post office management have had to admit that their figures on our pay claim were wrong.

"They cannot continue to plough blindly ahead with deeply unpopular and unnecessary plans".

Strike action will take place all day on Tuesday 28 May and will affect up to 4,000 staff working in 373 Crown (main) post offices. Post office staff voted by nine to one (88%) in favour of strike action and have already taken strike action on Easter Saturday, 19 April, 29 April and 7 May.

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