“Christmas as usual,” says Post Office
The Post Office has insisted that it will be “Christmas as usual” in over 97% of its network of 11,600 branches despite the strike action called by the CWU. In a statement sent to Post&Parcel today (13 December), Kevin Gilliland, Post Office, Group Network and Sales Director, said: “We had agreed with the CWU that we would resume talks this week, so we are extremely disappointed that it prefers to call for strike action, particularly at such critical time of year. This can only cause concern for our customers and our people.
“We want to reassure customers that if strike action takes place next week at least 97 per cent of our 11,600 branches will not be involved. Our priority will be to support them.
“We have robust contingencies that will ensure that all branches have the support and cash they need to operate. Experience tells us we can manage this effectively and minimise the impact on the communities who rely on our services.
“Any action will affect fewer than three hundred of our branches, and many of these will be open to maintain services for customers preparing for Christmas.