More Mail Disruption Until Tuesday

(Guardian) – THOUSANDS OF POSTAL STAFF across Britain are to launch a series of strikes in an escalating dispute over pay and jobs tomorrow, threatening the biggest disruption to Royal Mail deliveries in two years.

More than 25,000 postal workers are to take part in the action planned for tomorrow, Saturday and Monday, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said. The strikes will be the biggest since a national stoppage in 2007, and will affect several major towns and cities including London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol and Ipswich.

Workers are protesting against ‘panic-driven’ cuts being made at Royal Mail to pay, jobs and services, the union said.

Royal Mail condemned the action, which it said would damage customer confidence and ‘undermine the entire UK postal industry,’ at a time when mail volumes are falling by nearly 10% year-on-year.

The union’s executive will hold a national ballot of its 160,000 postal members next month, which could lead to nationwide strikes in the autumn. The result of the ballot should be known the week before the Labour party conference.

… (08/10/2009) – Postal Workers Vote For Nationwide Strike

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