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Hundreds of postal workers set to join industrial action over closures, jobs and pay
Postal workers in Bradford will join a national strike on Easter Saturday.
Main Post Offices in the area which will be affected by the action will include Darley Street, Bradford, and Keighley.
The industrial action involves hundreds of Crown Post Offices where staff are striking in a dispute over closures, jobs and pay.
Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will walk out for 24 hours after backing industrial action in a ballot by almost nine to one.
Andy Lee, branch secretary for the union covering the Bradford area, said: “The strike is in opposition to the Post Offices due to be closed or franchised off which will result in hundreds of job losses.
“We would like to apologise to any disruption it may cause to customers in the district but would also like to ask them to support us, we are trying to keep the Post Offices open for them as well.
“I would advise anyone wanting to send any urgent post for Easter to send it in advance by about Thursday to avoid getting caught up in the action.”
The union said up to 4,000 workers will be involved, at 373 Crown offices – the larger sites usually situated in high streets.
The action is in protest at plans to close or franchise more than 70 Crown offices, as well as over pay and jobs.
Picket lines will be mounted outside the offices, which handle around a fifth of Post Office business.
A number of Crown offices have already been franchised to firms such as WH Smith.
The union said Post Office staff have not received a pay rise since April 2011.
CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward said: “With Post Office management refusing to negotiate, and with such a huge vote in favour of strike action, we have had no choice but to serve notice for strike action.
The Post Office said it was “disappointed” with the strike, adding that the CWU refused to understand the requirement for “critical change” across the Crown network which is losing £40 million a year.
The company said strike action would do nothing to change the need to drive forward its transformation strategy aimed at building a “profitable, modern and commercially viable” Crown network that is not reliant on Government funding.
The Post Office said it had offered a series of cash payments of up to £3,400 to be paid before April 2015.
Contingency plans are in place to ensure that any disruption to customers is kept to an “absolute minimum”.