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Mail faces new strike.

MIDDLESBROUGH postal workers are set to stage another round of strike action in a worsening row over conditions and pay.

More than 70% of 80 respondents to a ballot of 128 workers at the town's depot said they supported further action following a two-hour walk-out last month. Up to 700 postal staff in Darlington staged a 24-hour strike in July.

The unrest is part of a national dispute that saw up to 25,000 postal workers across the country take strike action on Friday, Saturday and yesterday.

Unions will meet staff at the Middlesbrough depot next week and said further walk-outs were possible unless employer Royal Mail came to the negotiating table.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has accused the postal giant of cutting the pay and jobs of workers without agreement. But Royal Mail maintains that the CWU had agreed to the changes in a programme of modernisation adopted in 2007.

Neil Bendelow, a Teesside-based representative of the CWU, said: "We have a different view of what modernisation should be. They (Royal Mail) want to cut, cut and downsize; we want to expand the business by moving into new areas."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Aug 11, 2009
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