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Postal workers are to be balloted on strike action over job cuts, pension changes and post office closures, the Communication Workers Union says.

It says about 3,500 of its members will be balloted on whether to launch industrial action. The ballot will be for staff in Crown offices, supply chain depots and administration sites across the UK.

The union is protesting against plans for what it says is the “wholesale privatisation” of the postal network. It is also against any job cuts or the planned closure of the defined benefit pension scheme.

There are currently about 11,500 post office branches across the UK, of which 300 are directly managed by Post Office Ltd and are known as Crown offices.

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