A STRIKE has been called at Boston Post Office in Wide Bargate on Saturday, March 30 by the Communication Workers Union.
The Post Office said it is disappointed that the CWU has called for strike action by workers in 370 Crown Post Office branches, including Boston Post Office.
The CWU called the strike action over a pay and critical transformation plans which the Post Office must deliver. The union is refusing to accept the need for the Post Office in order to modernise its Crown network and bring it back into profit.
Crown branches are currently losing £40m per year and this is being subsidised by public money. To put this into context for Boston branch it costs us £1.71 to generate every £1 of income. This is a position which cannot continue.
Kevin Gilliland, network and sales director, said: “No partner had been identified at this stage and no possible sites have been ruled in or ruled out. If a retail partner is found then the details of the new service will be subject to a six week public consultation, where our customers and other interested parties will be able to comment on our plans. Any move would take place by April 2015.
“The choice of Boston as a possible franchise location is not a reflection in any way on abilities of the hard working colleagues who work at the branch. We will provide every support possible to those colleagues as they consider their options over the months ahead. There will be no compulsory redundancies.”
The strike action will only affect Crown branches, with 97 per cent of our 11,800 branches unaffected by any strike action. We regret the CWU’s actions may cause some disruption. Details of the nearest Post Office branches and their opening hours can be found at www.postoffice/branch-finder.
The Post Office stressed that strike action will do nothing to change the need to drive forward its critical transformation strategy aimed at building a profitable, modern and commercially viable Crown network that is not reliant on government funding. The Post Office also stressed the offer of a series of cash payments of up to £3,400 to be paid before April 2015 remains and is extremely fair at a time when the Crown network is operating at a loss.