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Communication Workers’ Union warns of more Post Office strikes in East Finchley
Campaigners have warned Post Office staff will continue to take strike action in East Finchley until plans to franchise the branch are aborted.
Counter staff in High Road walked out yesterday in their eleventh strike since the Post Office announced its intention to franchise the branch along with 69 others in the UK.
The national postal chain wants to relocate Post Office services into nearby supermarkets and shops as it attempts to stem £37million annual losses.
But Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) argues this will cause job losses and claims services will also be affected.
Gary Watt, CWU representative for East Finchley, told the Times Series: “We want to put a stop to the franchising because it will affect over 800 jobs. We also need to protect the public services.
“The Post Office also wants to instil a four year pay freeze but we want fair pay increases.
“If the Post Office cannot come to a settlement then we will continue with industrial action.”
However, the postal chain says it will continue with its plans to “turnaround” the Crown network.
Speaking about the current strike action Kevin Gilliland, network and sales director at the Post Office said: “This action can only cause disruption to customers, cost our people money and place further pressure on the Crown network which is currently losing £37m a year.
“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.”
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