Post Office workers to strike

Boston Post Office building.
Boston Post Office building.

Post Office workers are to strike on Monday over plans to close or franchise 75 main branches - including Boston’s.

The move, by the communications union CWU, also follows a dispute over pay and plans to cut 1,500 jobs.

The prosposals in Boston will see the post office move from its historic building in Wide Bargate to the back of WHSmith in Strait Bargate.

People here have voiced their concerns that the building is not big enough and services could be affected. A petition, backed by The Standard - has been set up to oppose the proposals.

Dave Ward CWU deputy general secretary said: “We are coordinating strike action across postal companies for Monday, November 4, to increase the impact of the action and try and focus the minds of company negotiators.

“Post Office management is out of touch with its staff and customers over plans to close Crown offices and cut staff. The company is unfairly imposing pay freezes on both Crown staff and now admin and supply chain workers while senior managers have enjoyed significant bonus payments. These double-standards cannot continue and we hope to make progress in talks this week.”

The Crown (main) offices make up three per cent of the total post office network but handle 20 per cent of all customers and 40 per cent of all financial services sales.