Ninth Strike Today to Save Crown Post Offices; UNION FIGHTS PLANS TO CUT LOSSES WITH SHOP FRANCHISES

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Ninth Strike Today to Save Crown Post Offices; UNION FIGHTS PLANS TO CUT LOSSES WITH SHOP FRANCHISES


Byline: ALAN JONES newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

WORKERS in Wales' biggest post offices will stage a fresh strike today in a long-running row over closures, jobs and pay.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at so-called Crown offices will walk out for 24 hours - the ninth round of industrial action since Easter.

The union is opposed to plans to close or franchise eight Welsh Crown offices - the larger branches usually based in high streets - saying around 100 jobs will be affected.

Across the UK, thousands of CWU members will take part in the strike action over the threat to 75 Crown offices and 800 jobs.

The two sides are also in dispute over pay. The CWU claims the Post Office wants to freeze their members' pay for four years - but this claim is disputed by managers.

Franchising sees post offices absorbed within private sector retailers like WH Smith, who take on their operations and seek to run them on a more efficient, business basis.

Crown offices are those still directly managed by the Post Office - there are 20 in Wales and 370 across the UK. Other smaller branches are run by franchise partners out of shops or by sub-postmasters.

The Post Office says its Crown offices are heavily subsidised by the taxpayer and are currently losing around PS40m a year.

In Wales, Crown offices in Carmarthen, Holyhead, Holywell, in Flintshire, Llangefni, on Anglesey, Morriston in Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Rhyl are all under threat.

CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward said: "It's becoming ever clearer that the Post Office is obsessed with cost-cutting, closing post offices and slashing jobs and local services.

"This is being done against the wishes of customers and communities and with no political mandate. It is a shocking robbery of local services and misuse of public money - with PS15.4m paid out in bonuses to senior managers while frontline staff face job losses and pay freezes.

"Our members' determination has been unwavering because they know they are right. …

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