Strike action may affect town post office

Boston Post Office
Boston Post Office

Boston’s main Post Office on Wide Bargate could be hit by strikes this weekend, after the union which represents staff announced industrial action.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are set to down tools on Saturday in a dispute over closures jobs and pay. Only around 370 post offices around the UK will be affected by strikes, as they part of a group known as Crown post offices, following a failure in negotiations by the union.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “With Post Office management refusing to negotiate, and with such a huge vote in favour of strike action, we have had no choice but to serve notice for strike action.

“The patience and loyalty of our Post Office members has been abused by Post Office management. This dispute is about protecting jobs and services as well as securing a fair pay increase for our members. We’re saying to the public: if you value your post office, support these workers on Easter Saturday and beyond.”

The strike comes as Boston’s Post Office is under threat of closure, as the Post Office aims to relocate services to a retail unit in the town. The branch has been based in that building for more than 100 years.

A spokesman for the Post Office said it was impossible to say whether or not the Boston branch would be affected by the strike until the day, but added that customers would be able to use branches in Kingsway, West Street and Eastwood Road, which will be unaffected.

Kevin Gilliland, network and sales director at the Post Office said: “The CWU is ignoring the harsh commercial realities being faced by the Post Office and other retailers across the UK. Crown branches are currently losing £40m per year and this is being subsidised by public money. This cannot continue.”

He added that work was ongoing to ‘transform’ the post office system throughout the UK.