Post office workers in Hampshire go on strike

DELAYS The Waterlooville branch office
DELAYS The Waterlooville branch office

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POST Office users in Hampshire have been warned of delayed services today because of industrial action.

Counter staff members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) went on strike on Monday because of an ongoing dispute over pay and terms and conditions.

Mark Toovey, deputy branch secretary for the PO postcode area, said: ‘I would say there’s a few hundred counter staff out today.’

Customers at the Waterlooville Post Office branch in the Wellington Way shopping arcade were warned of delays on Monday morning.

Strike action is also taking place at Portsmouth’s Stanhope Road branch.

Chris Roche, territorial rep for the south at the union, said there has been good support for the action among counter staff members in south east Hampshire’s Crown Post Offices.

He said: ‘Today is the 12th time that we have taken industrial action over pay, closures, which lead to significant job losses, and changes to the way we work, so it is a three-pronged attack upon us. We have had significant support throughout the strikes, including in the Portsmouth area.

‘I am not sure what activity is taking place regarding picket lines in Portsmouth. I think people are mainly taking the Monday off.’

Mr Roche said he could not anticipate how many members in the area would be on strike.

More, shorter strike actions are planned for this week.

Mr Roche said this would include ‘backing off’ from upselling financial services to customers.

‘Such action will take place until the business starts listening to us,’ he said.