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About 3,500 members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) intend to step down on Saturday. The release will take place at the Crown Post Offices – the larger branches, often seen on the main streets. Those in the administration and supply chain networks plan to do the same on Monday.

These follow industrial action earlier this month.

The union said the post office’s management insists on moving forward with a wage freeze for 2021-22.

They add that this will only be followed by a “slightly improved” salary offer for 2022.

CWU Deputy Secretary Andy Furey said, “Our members don’t want to be in this situation, but they won’t accept the humiliation either.

“Our members have worked hard to generate an excellent annual profit for the business – affordability is not management’s concern here.

“Frankly, their demeaning excuse for an offer has only hardened the members, who will not tolerate a collapse in their standard of living.

“We thank the public for their understanding and support, and we urge the Post Office to come to the table and craft a real settlement that treats key worker heroes with the respect they deserve.”

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We want to assure our customers that the vast majority of our branches are unaffected by the CWU strike on Saturday.

“There are 114 agencies, generally in city centers, which are directly managed by La Poste.

“More than two-thirds would normally only be open between 9am and 12.30pm on Saturdays. We apologize to any customers who would be inconvenienced by a closure. »

It comes as tube workers, particularly members of the rail, maritime and transport union, also intend to go on strike this Monday for 24 hours.

On Wednesday, union leaders demanded one-on-one talks with London Mayor Sadiq Khan to avert a strike.

The union is protesting job cuts and an “imminent threat” to pensions.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “We demand a direct face-to-face meeting with Mayor Sadiq Khan to settle this mess.

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“There is no point in our union continuing to sit in front of management representatives who have neither the desire nor the authority to negotiate a settlement, when the power belongs to the mayor.

“The Mayor of London has the power to levy taxes. Just four banks made a profit of £34billion last year and are expected to pay out more than £4billion in bonuses to London traders. A windfall tax on these profits would more than adequately fund London’s transport network.

“Mayor Khan must choose to either take on the Tory government and demand a fair funding deal for Londoners or attack the loyal Tube workers who keep the capital moving day in and day out.”

“Non-strike action” will also take place throughout the next month and could see station staff refused overtime or days off from Friday June 3 to Sunday July 10.

TfL chiefs have warned some services could be affected by this and say short-notice station closures are possible.

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