Cambridgeshire: Post Office Strikes

17 July 2013, 10:52 | Updated: 17 July 2013, 13:08

Post offices in high streets in Cambridgeshire and across the country are set to close this afternoon as staff walk out.

Members of the Communication and Workers Union have told Heart they are unhappy over plans to lose 1500 jobs across the UK and a pay freeze.

The strike affects larger city and town centre branches - and is the eighth round of industrial action since Easter.

In Cambridgeshire, the main Crown Post Offices will be affected at:

  • Cambridge
  • Peterborough
  • Wisbech

Also the main post offices will be affected in Haverhill and Newmarket.

Andy Furey from the Union say told Heart, there'll be further action if their bosses don't listen: "Our members are very very determined to get a fair deal. Our members are really devasted by the attack on their jobs; on their terms and conditions.

Really and truly, this can't be allowed to happen."

The Post Office has argued that the Crown offices are losing money, adding that most of the 75 will be moved to other stores under franchising arrangements.
Kevin Gilliland, network and sales director at the Post Office, said: "We are disappointed at the CWU's decision to call further strike action. This can only cause disruption to customers and cost our people money.
We must continue with our plans to turnaround the Crown network to ensure we keep these branches on high streets and in city centres across the UK. 

We remain open to discussions with the CWU on pay options which do not add to the current loss of public money."