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Posties to stage two day strike; Majority back action in bitter dispute.

Byline: MARK ELLIS Industrial Correspondent

POSTAL staff will stage a 48-hour strike this month in the first national stoppage since Royal Mail was privatised four years ago.

The walk-out starts at 11am on Thursday, October 19, amid a bitter dispute over pensions, pay and jobs.

It follows a strike ballot backed by 89% on a turnout of 73% - well above the turnout threshold of 50% set by the Trade Union Act last year.

The Communication Workers Union accused Royal Mail of "unilaterally" closing its final-salary pension scheme, and is also in dispute over pay and issues such as delivery office closures.

Dave Ward of the CWU said: "This watershed dispute will determine not only pensions, jobs and pay but also the future of the service."

Royal Mail claimed there were "no grounds" for industrial action, adding: "The company is committed to further talks as a matter of urgency to reach agreement with the CWU. Royal Mail will use all legal options at its disposal to prevent industrial action."

Post staff m.ellis@mirror.co.uk

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2017
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