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Postal workers to ballot for strike


The Government faces a major challenge to its controversial plans to privatise the Royal Mail after postal workers’ leaders decided to go ahead with a national strike ballot.

More than 115,000 members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will vote before the end of September if no agreement is made over jobs, pensions and other issues linked to the sell-off. Around 500 CWU representatives voted unanimously at a special conference in London in favour of holding the first ballot for national industrial action at the Royal Mail in four years if “satisfactory agreements” are not reached.