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Postal workers set to stage 24-hour strike

PUBLISHED: 16:34 12 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:26 05 October 2010

POSTAL workers are taking strike action in East London and the rest of the capital next Friday (June 19) after deadlock with Royal Mail over job cuts. CWU union claims Royal Mail is pushing ahead with "arbitrary cuts" it says will damage services

By Mike Brooke

POSTAL workers are taking strike action throughout London next Friday (June 19) after deadlock with Royal Mail over job cuts.

The walk-out involves postmen as well as sorters—for the second time in two years.

The CWU postal union claims Royal Mail is pushing ahead with “arbitrary cuts” it says will damage public services.

Union deputy general secretary Dave Ward said: “We have offered a moratorium on all strike action if they suspend their cuts and start meaningful negotiations.

“The future of Royal Mail must be safeguarded through careful planning—not shooting from the hip.”

A deal was struck after the 2007 dispute for both sides to work together to improve efficiency while making sure it was profitable, he points out.

But Royal Mail is now wielding the axe without negotiating, the union claims. So the 10,000 London postal workers in deliveries, collections and processing take 24-hour industrial action from the early shift next Friday. The union is threatening further action if no progress is made.

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