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The Post Office is in 'crisis' due to closures and privatisation say workers

22 Jul 2016, 14:35

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/b ... s-11649646?

The Communication Workers Union has called a strike ballot among its members in response to job losses and branch closures

Postal workers will today deliver a warning to the Government that the Post Office is in "crisis" because of closures and privatisation.

The Communication Workers Union will parade a giant 20-foot postcard outside the headquarters of the Business Department in London calling for help to protect high streets across the country.

The union has called a strike ballot among its members in response to job losses and branch closures.

General secretary Dave Ward said: "Our Post Office is in crisis. Closures and privatisation are rife, thousands of jobs are being lost and millions of pounds of public money is being misspent by the gross mismanagement of company bosses.

Post Office 'on brink of extinction'
"The company has been quietly but systematically closing and privatising our post offices and flogging the real estate. The Government has allowed this in the face of public opposition and without any legislation or decision of Parliament.

"The British people are being robbed of a public asset and public service by the drip-drip of closures, franchises and cuts to jobs and services.

"The post office as we know it is on the brink of extinction. We're asking the Government to act now to protect the heart of the high street."

A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: "The Government has provided almost £2 billion in help to modernise and sustain the Post Office network over the last seven years.

"As a result of this investment, the network is more stable and efficient than it has been for decades, meaning branches are open for an extra 200,000 hours a week, with more than 3,000 post offices now open on a Sunday."

'Significant progress to improve services'
A Post Office spokesman said: "The CWU's comments are misleading. We are making significant progress to further enhance the services we provide to our millions of customers, with the goal of delivering a commercially sustainable business and ensure that post offices remain at the heart of communities for future generations.

"This means taking decisions which can be difficult for those directly affected and we are committed to working closely with all those who are impacted.

"We would like to reassure customers that no strike action has been called and we want to work with our unions as we seek our goal of a commercially sustainable network and reduced reliance on taxpayers' money."

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