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Government faces autumn of strikes.

Summary: The Government is facing an autumn of discontent by tens of thousands of workers in worsening wors·en  
tr. & intr.v. wors·ened, wors·en·ing, wors·ens
To make or become worse.

Noun 1. worsening - process of changing to an inferior state
decline in quality, deterioration, declension
 disputes over jobs, pay and services.

The Government is facing an autumn of discontent by tens of thousands of workers in worsening disputes over jobs, pay and services.

Disputes in the Royal Mail and the fire service are set to escalate es·ca·late  
v. es·ca·lat·ed, es·ca·lat·ing, es·ca·lates

v.tr.
To increase, enlarge, or intensify: escalated the hostilities in the Persian Gulf.

v.intr.
 in the coming weeks, while councils are also being hit by industrial action.

A series of local disputes over job cuts in the fire service will see almost 8,000 firefighters in England, almost one in five, taking some form of industrial action by Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Communication Workers Union Communication Workers Union may mean:
  • Communication Workers Union (UK)
  • Communication Workers Union (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Communication Workers of America
 (CWU CWU Central Washington University
CWU Communication Workers Union
CWU Communication Workers' Union (South Africa)
CWU Church Women United
CWU Crittenton Women's Union (Boston, MA)
CWU Complex Work Unit
) is set to ballot 130,000 postal staff for a national strike over pay, jobs and service next month, with the result due to be released a few days before Labour's national conference in Brighton.

Unions blamed managers in the Royal Mail and fire service for trying to force through cuts and other changes without agreement.

Fresh strikes will be launched this week by postal workers A postal worker is one who works for a post office, such as a mail carrier. In the U.S., postal workers are represented by the National Postal Mail Handlers Union - NPMHU and the American Postal Workers Union, part of the AFL-CIO.  in the latest in a series of walkouts which have hit deliveries.

The CWU said up to 20,000 postal workers across the UK are set for another week of strikes as the deadlock See deadly embrace.

(parallel, programming) deadlock - A situation where two or more processes are unable to proceed because each is waiting for one of the others to do something.
 between the union and Royal Mail over cuts and continues.

The union claimed that postal workers were facing "unprecedented" levels of attacks from management when staff needed to be supporting major changes.

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Date:Aug 25, 2009
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