Crown post office staff to strike over Jubilee weekend

Friday, 3rd June — By Anna Lamche

Post Office

Clive Ticker, right, with Crown post office worker JJ outside the Upper Street branch. Crown post office staff will be striking over the Jubilee weekend

ANOTHER round of post office strikes over the Jubilee weekend will see usual services “grind to a halt” as workers take part in national industrial action.

Crown post office workers belonging to the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will walk out this Saturday, affecting mail, passport applications and banking across Islington.

Crown post offices are larger branches run directly by Post Office Limited. The remaining 97 per cent of post offices – roughly 11,000 branches – operate as independent businesses managed by franchise partners, also known as sub-postmasters. These private branches will stay open throughout the strike.

Workers are striking over pay. The Post Office is refusing a pay rise “because of their failings over Horizon,” said CWU rep Clive Tickner, referencing a scandal that saw hundreds of sub-postmasters and postmistresses wrongly prosecuted for theft and false accounting as a result of a faulty IT system.

“They claim they have no money,” Mr Tickner said. “PO accounts showed a fifth year of profits, mainly because workers in Crown post offices were made key workers through the pandemic.

“Additionally, chief executive Nick Read was paid £415,000, while his workforce got nearer the breadline. Ironically Crown Office workers have been forced into taking industrial action at a time when the Queen is celebrating her Jubilee.”

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We want to assure our customers that the vast majority of our branches are unaffected by CWU strike action on Saturday, June 4. Our Islington branch is normally open between 9am and 1.30pm on a Saturday.

“We apologise in advance to any customers who are inconvenienced should the branch be closed. Our branch at Chapel Market is open between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays and is expected to be open over the Jubilee weekend. We’re disappointed that the CWU have made the decision to strike but remain hopeful that we can reach a pay agreement soon.”

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