Isle of Man Post Office understands the Communication Workers Union (CWU) is seeking membership support for strike action.

Julie Edge MHK, Chairman of the Post Office, said: "Just the threat of strike action is highly damaging to everyone at the Post Office and our customers. We will be very disappointed if the CWU members vote in favour of strike action."

She continued: "We are acutely aware at this time of year that our valued customers heavily rely on our postal service and trust us to deliver their special cards, letters and presents. However, we can assure them that should a strike materialise, we have a robust contingency plan which will fall into place which will minimise any potential disruption to the excellent service we usually provide."

IOMPO is currently loss making and this position emphasises the need for the Board to be financially prudent, as well as the requirement to adapt the business' current operations and practices while still providing a value for money service to its customers. While the Post Office Board respects the concerns of its dedicated and valued workforce, the business is experiencing difficult trading conditions and must change.

For some time, the Post Office has been in negotiations with the CWU regarding pension and pay reform and, more recently, discussed proposals to modernise its operations to adapt to changing customer demands.

Ms Edge concluded: "It is in everyone's best interests to conclude negotiations in a timely manner and hopefully reach an agreement. It is important to stress the Post Office continues to be open to further talks with the CWU at any time."

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