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Negotiation strategies may aid dispute

Strike negotiations are underway as the CWU urges members to take action in light of a pay dispute with the IMPO.

10 February 2011

More than 250 postal workers on the Isle of Man are being asked for their vote as strike negotiations begin between the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the Isle of Man Post Office (IMPO).

Workers are being urged to agree to go on strike after a dispute over pay failed to be addressed by the Post Office.

Terry Pullinger, CWU national official and lead negotiator with IMPO, commented that negotiation strategies have thus far failed to garner any solutions.

"It's our members' hard work and dedication that has improved efficiency and increased company profits - so it's only fair that they should also be rewarded for their part in this success," he said.

The company has served notice to the IMPO for an industrial action ballot and workers are expected to receive their voting slips from February 18th. Votes will be cast before March 16th, after which further strike negotiations may commence.

As the UK communications industry's biggest union, the CWU has more than 200,000 members who work for companies such as Royal Mail, BT and O2, as well as the Post Office.

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