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Strike negotiations may resolve Post Office dispute

Postal workers are to hold a ballot over potential industrial action as part of an ongoing dispute over pay

15 February 2011

Strike negotiations may soon be on the cards for members of the Communications Workers Union, after it was announced that postal workers are to be balloted over stroke action.

The union is to ballot 4,000 of its staff who work in its biggest Post Office branches over an ongoing pay row. According to the union, despite months of talks between the company and its staff, counter workers are not being offered a pay rise for this financial year.

It also claimed that workers have not received a pay rise for the past two years, despite Post Office managers enjoying salary increases of 2.25 per cent for this year.

Assistant secretary at the Communication Workers Union Andy Furrey said: "It's double standards and fat-cat economics in the extreme."

Many of the Post Offices which could be hit are branches located in busy urban areas.

Commenting on the potential strike negotiations, managing director of the Post Office Paula Vennells said the firm "regret the fact that the CWU is unwilling to engage in a constructive dialogue". 

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