Post Office workers go on strike in Bury St Edmunds

Post Office workers have gone on strike in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160513-164247001
Post Office workers have gone on strike in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160513-164247001
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Post Office workers in Bury St Edmunds have gone on strike this afternoon in protest to its proposed move to the nearby WHSmith.

Seven counter staff from the Cornhill branch walked out at 3pm this afternoon, joined by representatives from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Unison.

In January, staff at the Bury branch were told the company wished to create a new post office at the WHSmith next door.

Mark Toner, Eastern Branch Secretary of the CWU said: “They have decided to take action because this is about their jobs, their future and the future of the Post Office.

“They are not keen to move to WHSmith and feel their conditions and terms will be reduced.

“We believe the Post Office is being undermined and they want to lead it to a tipping point.”

A striking Post Office employee, who wished not to be named, said the Post Office was important to the town.

They said: “We have taken action so the Post Office stays where it is.

“This building had been a Post Office since 1895.

“We have little old ladies who come in today who used to come in with their mums.

“It’s an iconic building in the area and a public service.”

Tonight at 6pm, a public meeting is being held at Oldfellows Hall in Whiting Street with appearances from CWU executive member Ian Ward, Cllr Diane Hind and local historian Martyn Taylor.

A petition against the Post Office closure has already gained more than 1,700 signatures.

To view the petition click here