The Communication Workers Union (CWU) announced earlier this week that thousands of Post Office workers will be striking over Christmas Week, starting Monday 19th December and including Christmas Eve.
According to the union, the strike is in response to “continuing attacks by company chiefs on their job security and pensions, and in defence of the Crown Office network.” Members want to halt the Post Office’s privatisation programme and pension changes.
"We want to work together to build a positive future for the Post Office, its workforce and, of course, the people who we serve," CWU's statement claims. "The CWU can be a constructive partner to work with, but sadly, the people currently running the company have, so far, chosen the path of conflict and industrial disputes."
However, Kevin Gilliland, Group Network and Sales Director of the Post Office, responded in the company's own statement: “We had agreed with the CWU that we would resume talks this week, so we are extremely disappointed that it prefers to call for strike action, particularly at such a critical time of year.”
Gilliland said that upwards of 97% of the Post Office’s 11,600 branches will continue to operate as normal; many affected branches will remain open and the impact on service will be minimised.