The Communications Workers Union have advised Post Office workers will stage 5 days of strikes in the lead up to Christmas. The strike is expected to cause disruption to those sending gifts and Christmas cards via the Royal Mail network.
The union have said the strike is a result of an ongoing dispute over jobs, pensions and branch closures. The strike, which is expected to affect at least 300 branches nationwide, is expected to begin on 19th December and follows industrial action taken earlier this month.
The CWU’s general secretary, Dave Ward, has written to the Post Office chief executive, Paula Vennells, saying the strike action would be called off if the service promised to pause closure of crown post offices and committed to serious discussions about the union’s concerns.
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*Parcel Force; £73, 5kgs, 5-9 day shipping time. Price retrieved from http://www.royalmail.com/price-finder on 30/11/2016
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