Staff at under threat Crown Post Office in Bury St Edmunds could take strike action

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Staff at the under threat Crown Post Office in Bury St Edmunds, which could move to neighbouring WHSmith, could take strike action.

The Communication Workers Union has ratified a request from staff at the Cornhill branch for a ballot on industrial action. They will vote once notice has been served on Post Office bosses.

Seven of the nine staff at the branch are part of the union.

Tim Pavelin, union area representative, said strike action would be a ‘last resort’ but has been raised due to fears amongst staff for their jobs.

He said: “We want to talk with the busines about the proposal to franchise and see if there is an alternative to keep them (staff) directly employed by a Post Office rather than franchised out to another retailer.”

A petition to save the Crown Post Office has reached nearly 6,000 signatures.

It follows an announcement that up to 61 Post Office branches will move into WHSmith stores in the next 12 months. It includes some of the Crown Post Office branches but whether Bury’s is one of them is yet to be confirmed.

A Post Office spokesman said: “The changes we continue to make are about helping to ensure that Post Office branches are viable into the future - we cannot look to taxpayers to subsidise loss-making Crown branches.”

A public consultation will be held once plans are finalised. The union has organised a public meeting about the post office at the Oddfellows Hall, in Whiting Street, on May 13 from 6pm to 8pm.