Despite the miserable weather and additional childcare responsibilities due to half-term, workers at the St Johns Centre Crown Post Office manned a picket line for the fifth national strike over pay freeze and plans to franchise or close offices in the Crown Post Office network. Recent talks saw no further progress ont he substantive issues, although £100 payment that was outstanding had been secured for staff.
Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party
Managers attempted to run the post office, with chaos ensuing a massive queues built up. Signs in the office window hadn’t been changed since the post office was last open before the bank holiday on saturday. The managers also decided to close the post office over lunchtime for an hour and a quarter, one of the busiest periods as people often come in on their lunch breaks. Many people walked into the post office, saw how long the queues were and walked straight back out.
The picket line was also joined by a few supporters, including an acting sub-postmaster who brought the news that the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters is in dispute with Post Office management after they withdrew payments for segregating (sorting) mail. In response Sub-Postmasters are refusing the carry this sorting of mail behind counters out, which is the first action called by theis body in 116 years.