Post office workers stage ninth strike amid dispute

POST office staff have staged their ninth day-long strike since their dispute began four months ago.

Workers at the Cambridge Road branch took industrial action on Monday in the ongoing disagreement between ithe Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Post Office management.

It centres on the Post Offfice’s plans to close or franchise more than 70 Crown offices.

Mole Meade, the CWU’s area representative for the south east, said: “While the CWU regrets the inconvenience caused to the public, we would like to thank them for all the support they have shown us over the last few months.”

The union also held a stand on last Saturday outside Priory Meadow shopping centre gathering signatures in support of its campaign.

Managers are currently looking for retail partners for the 70 Crown branches where services would be run from within stores like WHSmith.

In April Sarah Owen, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Hastings, handed over a 4,200-name petition to Post Office management, calling for the Cambridge Road branch to be left as it is. Another petition set up by Hastings MP Amber Rudd also attracted scores of signatures.

The Post Office says it is losing £40 million a year and needed to modernise its network. It said it was investing £70 million into 300 of its Crown branches and added that no branch faced closure.