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Post Office response to CWU and Unite comments on further industrial action

Press Release   •   Oct 12, 2016 16:03 BST

Mark Davies, Communications and Corporate Affairs Director at Post Office, said:

“We are disappointed that our unions are again talking about strikes when we continue to try to reach a constructive way forward through talks at Acas. We can reassure our customers that, if strikes go ahead, the vast majority of people working at Post Office branches would not be involved and almost all of our network will be open for business and operating normally.

“The Trustee of the Royal Mail Pension plan confirmed to us yesterday that, having considered all of the relevant information, they have agreed the company’s proposal for the Post Office Section of the plan (the Defined Benefits Plan). The Trustee and the Post Office are now liaising closely on next steps and we will work together to communicate fully with affected staff.”

He added that changes the Post Office is making throughout its business underpin its 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 are committed to safeguard that level of service,”

“Over the last four years, we have modernised over 6,500 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 halved our losses and made steady progress to reduce costs to the taxpayer.”

About the Post Office

About Post Office: Post Office Limited has an unrivalled national network of over 11,500 branches across the UK, more than all the high street banks combined, and sits at the heart of many communities across the country.

It provides around 170 different services and products spanning financial services including savings, insurance, loans, mortgages and credit cards. Post Office also offers Government services, telephony, foreign currency, travel insurance and mail services.

99.7% of people live within three miles of their nearest Post Office outlet. For many rural communities the Post Office is the only retail outlet. Post Offices remain highly valued and trusted and are the focal point for many communities. For more information, visit www.postoffice.co.uk