National strike action: Ballot for postal workers opens tomorrow

PUBLISHED: 16:50 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:12 16 June 2010

UP to 130,000 postal workers will be able to vote on national strike action when a ballot opens tomorrow (Thursday). The ballot, which will close on October 8, signals a new phase of industrial action which has already affected many areas.

UP to 130,000 postal workers will be able to vote on national strike action when a ballot opens tomorrow (Thursday).

The ballot, which will close on October 8, signals a new phase of industrial action which has already affected many areas.

Kevin Beazer, the South West regional secretary of the Communication Workers Union, said: "Postal workers in the South West have taken an active role in taking industrial action over the summer period and shortly all Royal Mail units in the region could potentially be involved in strike action when the national ballot is concluded.

"Although the employer has now decided to talk to the Union rather than dictate, it remains to be seen if they are serious about resolving the outstanding issues."

Mr Beazer added: "The industrial action clock is ticking and it is now time for Royal Mail to stop playing games with our member's livelihoods and the postal service, which the general public and the business community rely on. They must start acting responsibly by moving towards an acceptable agreement".


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