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Lincolnshire Post Office staff to strike over Christmas

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Post Office workers across Lincolnshire are set to strike for five days over Christmas due to an ongoing dispute over jobs, pensions and branch closures.

Despite promises from Post Office that it will resume talks with unions this week, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has now called for industrial action, starting Monday, December 19.

Post Office branches at 18-20 St Peters Hill, Grantham, 67-71 Victoria Street, Grimsby and All Saints Place in Stamford will all take part in the five day strike.

The industrial action will impact on 300 branches across the UK and follows previous actions in September and October.

Dave Ward, General Secretary for CWU, said: “We didn’t want to be in this position but, unless we stand up now, the Post Office as we know it will cease to exist. We are defending the very future of the Post Office in this country.”

However, the Post Office has reassured customers and businesses that it will be Christmas as usual in over 97% of its network of 11,600 branches, despite the strike action.

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 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.”

“It will be business as usual in almost all of our network, with over 50,000 Post Office people on hand to support customers as they make their preparations for Christmas.

“Our progress is clear – over the last four years, we’ve dramatically reduced our losses and need for government subsidy, at the same time as modernising nearly 7,000 post offices, adding more than 200,000 extra opening hours each week, and becoming the largest UK retailer open on a Sunday.”