Post Office staff vote for anti-Smiths strikes

<p>Almost three quarters (72%) of Communication Workers Union members at the Post Office in South West Wales and 69% in Manchester have voted in favour of strikes in protest at franchise agreements with W H Smith.

Six Post Offices are due to close and transfer services to the retailer with the loss of 124 jobs. Ninety two members in Wales and 345 in Greater Manchester were balloted in response to the decision to close offices.

CWU also organised a national day of protest against W H Smith last Saturday. Protests against W H Smith stores by union members and supporters took place at W H Smith stores in Hammersmith, Slough, Swansea, Shrewsbury, Altrincham and Ashton-under-Lyne.

WHS said: "It is very disappointing that the CWU is encouraging the local communities in the six trial locations and now at a national level to boycott W H Smith stores, before the new Post Office franchises have opened. Neither party is entering into this partnership lightly and both are fully committed to ensuring the successful delivery of the ongoing Post Office service."
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