Post strike on the cards

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Postal workers' leaders raised the stakes yesterday in their dispute with Royal Mail, when they called a second 24-hour strike to follow this Friday's day-long stoppage. The postal executive of the Communication Workers' Union rejected a call for moderation by Alan Johnson, the general secretary, and opted for another walkout, next Friday. The executive decided that talks this week had not yielded enough concessions from management.

Richard Dykes, Royal Mail managing director, has warned that the offer on pay will be withdrawn if the action continues. The main stumbling block to a settlement is the Post Office's insistence on team-working which the union believes is simply a device to extract more work from employees without adequate compensation. Barrie Clement