Mark Davies, Communications and Corporate Affairs Director at Post Office, said:
“We are frustrated that our unions are again calling for strikes when we continue to try to reach a constructive way forward through talks, and have been inviting them to meet with our Group Executive to discuss our strategy in detail since April this year. Our latest invitation to meet on December 22nd remains unanswered.
“We can reassure our customers that, if a strike goes ahead on 3rd December, the vast majority of people working at Post Office branches would not be involved and almost all of our network will be operating to its usual Saturday schedule.
“The Post Office plays an important role in communities all over the UK, and has done for centuries. The changes that we are making throughout our business underpin our commitment to keep Post Office services widely available into the future. More than 99 per cent of people in the UK live within three miles of a Post Office branch and we want to safeguard that level of service.
“Over the last four years, we have modernised nearly 7000 branches, adding more than 200,000 extra opening hours each week, and becoming the largest UK retail network open on Sundays.
“At the same time we have improved the quality of service to our customers, dramatically reduced our losses, and made steady progress to reduce costs to the taxpayer.”