Post office staff’s fourth strike

STAFF at the town centre’s post office staged another day of industrial action on Tuesday (May 7).

Workers at the Cambridge Road branch walked out in what was their fourth strike since March.

The one-day strike was called by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) shortly after staff staged a half-day stoppage on April 29.

The industrial action affected all Crown branches, those directly owned by the Post Office.

The ongoing dispute centres on Post Office plans to close or franchise more than 70 Crown offices, Hastings being one of them. The CWU also wants to secure a pay increase for counter staff.

A public meeting was also held on April 29 between local councillors, CWU officials and Post Office management on April 29.

Sarah Owen, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Hastings, handed over a petition to management containing more than 4,200 people’s signatures, calling for the Cambridge Road branch to be left as it is. A similar petition set up by Hastings MP Amber Rudd has also attracted scores of signatures.

Mole Meade, CWU area representative for the south east, said: “We have written to the Post Office to see if management wish to get back to the negotiating table. If they reject our proposals we will have to consider further strike action.

“If we do not highlight this problem we will lose a 350-year-old public service.”

Kevin Gilliland, network and sales director at the Post Office, said it was currently losing £40 million a year so had to look at ways of reversing the losses.