Bosses say Boston Post Office strike ‘ignored financial realities’

Protesters outside the post office. DJ
Protesters outside the post office. DJ

Strikers protesting against the possible closure of the town’s main Post Office have been accused of ‘ignoring the harsh commercial realities’.

The comments followed industrial action by the Commercial Workers’ Union and staff members which caused the Wide Bargate premises to close early on Monday.

Bosses say they will not shut the branch, but are looking to move to share another building. They argue that it costs them £1.71 to generate £1 income at Wide Bargate.

Managing director of the Post Office Crown Network Roger Gale said: “We are committed to remaining a key part of high streets such as Boston’s and our plans ensure this will happen.”

He said 70 branches will be looking to partner with a suitable retailer.

Mr Gale then warned: “Any future strike action can only cause further inconvenience for customers and delay how quickly money will be received into our people’s pay packets.”

If a possible new location is found then employees and residents will be informed and a six week consultation will take place.

Mr Gale said the plans were ‘not a reflection in any way on abilities of the hard working colleagues who work at the branch’ and added no compulosory redundancies would be made.

He said: “We will provide every support possible to those colleagues as they consider their options.”

On Monday CWU East Anglia representative Tim Pavelin, said: “We’re taking a legitimately balloted industrial action trying to make the public of Boston aware what the post office’s plans are.

“We’ve got trained staff here who give a dedicated service, they are employed directly by post office and have a high standard and job knowledge.”

He raised concerns that that the post office building could stand empty or boarded up.