Staff at Yeovil's main post office to strike this weekend
Yeovil's main post office could close this weekend as staff go on strike over pay.
The Communication Workers Unions (CWU) has called for two days of strike action at 372 Post Office Crown branches across the country either side of the August Bank Holiday weekend.
This means the King George Street branch could close Saturday and next Tuesday.
A Post Office spokeswoman said today she did not know if the branch will close.
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The union wants a pay rise of 3.5 per cent for 2012/13 and 3.25 per cent for 2013/14 for staff in the Crown branches - which are directly-owned and run by Post Office Ltd.
The Post Office said this demand is “unrealistic” but the CWU claims Crown branch staff have not received a rise since 2011 and this will bring them in line with staff in other branches.
Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, said: “Crown Post Office workers do not agree with management’s slash and burn approach and are prepared to take prolonged industrial action to defend jobs and services and win a fair pay rise.”
Concerns have also been raised over plans to franchise around 70 Crown branches.
The CWU fears this will result in up to 1,500 job losses while the Post Office claims the move is necessary to bring the organisation back into profit.
Kevin Gilliland, network and sales director at the Post Office, said: “We are extremely disappointed at the CWU's decision to call further strike action.
"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.”
Post Office workers last week voted to also take industrial action short of strike.
This will see staff refuse to upsell financial services products however customers will still be able to buy them in the branch.
Customers are advised to visit www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder for details of their nearest alternative branches and services.
Posters will also be displayed in Crown branch windows directing customers to their nearest alterative branch.