POST Office staff are set to strike today and tomorrow as part of a wave of industrial strikes in the run-up to Christmas.
An estimated 3,500 workers are set to take part nationwide in the Post Office strikes in protest at job losses, the closure of a final salary pension scheme and the franchising of Crown Post Offices.
The branches in Portsmouth’s Slindon Street, Fareham’s West Street and Waterlooville’s Wellington Way are all set to be affected by the strikes. Proposals are in place to move the branch in Fareham further down the street to the first floor of WHSmith in the Savoy Buildings.
Post Office group network and sales director Kevin Gilliland said: ‘Any action will affect fewer than 300 of our branches, and many of these will be open to maintain services for customers preparing for Christmas.
‘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.’
The dispute does not involve the Royal Mail, whose workers sort and deliver post.
Southern Rail is also once again facing more strike action as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union strike today and tomorrow as well due to the long-running dispute over the role of conductors.