Post Office workers have become the latest group of workers to launch strike action – following a row with bosses over pay.

Up to 1,500 members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are on strike today at Crown Post Offices – the larger branches usually sited on high streets.

The union said its 24-hour strike would cause ‘considerable delays’ for consumers, but the firm says it expects some of its branches will remain open.

It is not yet clear how many of the company’s 114 crown branches have been closed as a result of today’s strike.

However customers are being advised to make use of services in sub-post offices if their nearest crown branch is closed.

Meanwhile, supply chain and administrative workers will strike on Thursday.The union said this will affect sub-post offices – smaller branches often in more rural locations.

However the Post Office said it had put a range of ‘contingency measures’ in place and it expects business as usual.

The strike action by staff at the Post Office, which provides over the counter services, does not involve the separate Royal Mail. 

Royal Mail managers, under Unite, are set to go on strike later this month in a dispute over pay and job cuts. 

It comes amid fears of a summer of discontent in Britain, with rail workers having already taken industrial action and unions for teachers, binmen and doctors threatening strikes.

Post Office workers have become the latest group to launch strike action, amid rising fears of a summer of discontent

The strike action comes after the CWU said it opposed Post Office management’s offer of a 3 per cent pay rise for sportsbook software the 2022-23 financial year.

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