There were hopes last night of a breakthrough in the postal dispute after the two sides agreed to hold talks.
A Royal Mail boss said today that a 30,000-strong recruitment blitz was not designed to "break" a union as last-ditch talks aimed at preventing this week's crippling strikes went ahead.
Temporary Christmas staff will be brought in early to deal with planned stoppages
Midfielder eager for squad to deserve moniker originally delivered by Adam Crozier
Ideally, Shearer should start as manager pretty much anywhere but St James' Park
David Gill has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Brian Barwick as the FA chief executive.
The Football Association chief executive, Brian Barwick, was last night forced out by the governing body after a power struggle at the very top of the English game. The man who appointed Fabio Capello in December fell victim to the all-powerful new regime of the new FA chairman, Lord Triesman.
The Football Association yesterday set out its targets for Fabio Capello and declared that he needs to reach the semi-finals of the 2012 European Championship and the 2014 World Cup to be deemed a success.