Thursday, December 12, 2013
Residents trying to post Christmas cards and presents before the festive deadline vented their fury on Tuesday when they found that the Chapel Street Post Office had shut up shop earlier in the day.
The half-day closure was the first of three days of industrial action - the post office will close early, at 3pm, on Friday, December 13, and will be closed all day on Saturday (December 14.)
The strikes have affected some of the UK’s biggest post offices and are over jobs, pay and closures.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said the action would affect up to 4,000 employees in 372 Crown Post Offices.
The union is opposed to plans to close or franchise 75 of the larger post offices, called Crown Post Offices, usually found on high streets.
Post Office bosses said their plans are vital to reverse massive losses and turn the business around.
On Tuesday, 10 people queued outside the closed outlet, while at 12.15pm customers had to leave the store.
Retired councillor David Scott said: “If they are unhappy with their job they should get another. They should not take it out on people at the busiest time of year.”
“They are not getting at the people who make the decisions, they are just affecting their brothers and sisters.”
CWU national officer Andy Furey said: “Our executive met on Friday and formally endorsed our plan of action.
“We have been in high-level talks with the Post Office since Monday of last week and reasonable progress has been made in terms of moving towards an agreement.”
“We would urge Post Office management to make full use of these three days to reach an acceptable agreement, which will enable this dispute to be fully resolved.”