Engineers who service the Royal Mail network have voted to strike in a dispute over pay.
The staff, employed by Romec to maintain post office property following an outsourcing deal, voted by 69% to take action, claiming their wages were deteriorating in comparison to industry rates for their jobs.
A recent survey by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) found that 97% of respondents said they felt underpaid.
CWU deputy general secretary, Dave Ward, said since Royal Mail outsourced its engineering sector to Romec in 2002, basic pay was worse than rival companies.
“The company has offered a 3.2% pay rise this year, which would certainly not curb the gap that has developed,” Ward said.