07/08/2006

Postal workers to vote on strike action

Postal workers are to start voting this week on whether to take strike action in a dispute over working practices.

Around 1,000 members of the Communication Workers Union at distribution centres in Essex, London and Nottingham are being balloted.

If a strike goes ahead, the Royal Mail warned that postal services could be disrupted nationwide.

Terry Pullinger, CWU Assistant Secretary, accused the Royal Mail of "sheer bloody mindedness" and a failure "to take on board the views and concerns of its employees".

She said: "The situation represents an outbreak of anger and frustration towards an employer who is using the challenges that our industry faces to avoid meaningful negotiations or consultation with the recognised trade union."

(KMcA/SP)

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