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Royal Mail staff set for three-day strike

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Royal Mail workers in London are preparing for a three-day postal strike in an attempt to halt ‘efficiency’ cuts.

The row over modernisation of the workforce has prompted strike action and will see delivery workers downing postbags while distribution and logistics staff are preparing to walk-out tomorrow and mail centre staff on Friday.

According to reports, Royal Mail refused to agree to a deal where strike action would be delayed for three months while negotiations on modernisation were thrashed out. Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary has said that the strike action in London is in response to “Royal Mail’s continuing executive action of cuts without modernisation.”

"There’s no machinery, no redesigning of deliveries and no improvement on industrial relations. The company has abandoned the final phase of the 2007 Pay and Modernisation agreement and is set on piling more work and pressure on already stretched staff. It’s now clear that Royal Mail management is the biggest block to modernisation," he said. 

A spokesperson for the postal service added: "All our customers and stakeholders, including our shareholder, the government, are encouraging Royal Mail to modernise even more quickly, yet the CWU persists in opposing change.” The dispute continues.

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