Thousands of Post Office workers are going on strike this Halloween in the United Kingdom, citing job cuts, branch outsourcing, and changes in pension plans.
Seven hundred and thirty-six members of the Unite and Communications Workers union said they would hold a 24-hour walkout starting at 3 a.m. Monday, Oct,. 31, the FT reports.
A little over a quarter, or 118 out of 306 offices, of the Post Office’s larger branches in cities and towns will close, and are set to relocated or transferred to a private-sector entity, according to the BBC.
While this number seems like quite a few locations, some 99 percent of the 11,600 Post Office locations will remain open for business.
“We apologise to any customers who have been inconvenienced by the disruption to service in a very small number of branches,” Network and Sales Director for the Post Office, Kevin Gilliland, told the British newspaper.
The organization says the cutbacks are necessary for it to maneuver through the modern mail delivery system, where the service faces large competition from private organizations like FedEx.
This wouldn’t be the first strike by Post Office workers this year; employees staged a complete supply chain walkout in mid September, the FT reports.
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