Post Office workers on strike

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A Crown Post Office strike is set to affect Harrogate’s Cambridge Road branch on Tuesday May 28.

The Communication Workers Union, (CWU) which represents non-managerial staff within the Post Office voted nine to one in favour of strike action after talks with the Post Office were unsuccessful.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “There’s growing unrest within the Post Office and it’s time that management responded to workers’ concerns.”

Cambridge Road Post Office is one of 373 Crown Post Offices in the country. Crown Post Office make up three per cent of all Post Offices, however they tend to be larger outlets dealing with around 20 per cent of all Post Office services.

The Post Office have condemned plans for strike action.

Kevin Gilliland, network and sales director at the Post Office said: “We want to end this dispute, but we must also ensure that our high street branches do not fail in the future. We are disappointed at the CWU’s call for further strike action while talks are still on-going.

“Every hour of strike action is causing disruption for our customers and costing our people money. We remain open to discussions with the CWU on pay options which do not add to the current loss of public money.”

A poster has appeared in the Cambridge Road Post Office apologising for any delay to service the strike action may cause.

A spokesperson for the Post Office said: “This action only affects Crown branches – Crab Lane and Cold Bath are both agency branches and are therefore unaffected.

“In addition, it is worthwhile mentioning that Cambridge Road Crown branch stayed open during the last strike action.”