All Bury Post Office counter staff vote to strike

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All the counter staff at Bury St Edmunds Post Office have voted in favour of striking over the planned move to W H Smith.

The seven staff took part in the Communications Workers’ Union’s ballot last week and the first action will be a two-and-a-half hours walkout from 3pm on Friday.

CWU area representative Tim Pavelin said: “The ballot was 100 per cent in favour by 100 per cent of members. It was all done through independent scrutineers.

“It shows how passionate they are to save the Post Office. They can transfer to the new employer, but the majority want to stay with the Post Office and further their careers there.”

The seven staff will discuss with a union national officer what action they can take after Friday, though they will offer a normal service from 9am to 3pm.

There will also be a public meeting from 6pm to 8pm on Friday at The Oddfellows Hall, Whiting Street.

It will be addressed by CWU national officer Andy Furey, Labour St Edmundsbury councillor Diane Hind and Bury historian Martyn Taylor, who will talk about the building’s history. There may be other speakers.