CHESTERFIELD: Strike action closes town post office

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Strike action over pay and closures has shut Chesterfield post office today (May 7).

The Market Place branch is one of 371 Crown branches closed as part of the Communication Workers Union day-long strike, over closures and franchising which would cut 20% of the Crown network and affect over 800 jobs.

It follows strike action on Easter Saturday, April 19 and April 29.

CWU is opposed to Post Office plans to close or franchise 76 Crown offices - 20% of the network -which would affect over 800 jobs. The union is seeking protection for jobs and services, and wants to secure a fair pay rise for staff who have had no rise since April 2011.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “We firmly believe that a solution could be found if the Post Office was prepared to sit down and negotiate a meaningful and mutually agreeable solution. Ploughing on and further angering their staff and customers is no good for anyone.”

Kevin Gilliland, network and sales director at the Post Office said: “We regret any inconvenience that may be caused to customers by this strike action. We are working hard to minimise inconvenience and over 240 of our 370 Crown branches remain open, while the remainder of our 11,800 branches are unaffected.

“Our plans are crucial to keeping Post Office branches on high streets across the UK and halting the Crown network’s £40m a year loss of public money. Every hour of strike action is causing disruption for our customers and costing our people money in the face of an offer of a cash payment of up to £1400 which can be in pay packets as soon as this action ends.”

Alternative branches can be found at 6 Cuttholme Way and 359b Sheffield Road. For more information visit www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder

Branches will open as usual from Wednesday May 8.