Postal service awaits strike verdict

prospect of the first national postal strike in seven years rumbled closer
yesterday as talks between the Royal Mail and trade union leaders broke down.

last minute negations were halted last night ahead of today’s result from a
ballot on industrial action.

160,000 members of the Communication Workers Union have been balloted on
whether to strike in protest at an offer of 14.5 per cent over two years,
linked to productivity gains.

union has complained that the current offer comes with too many strings
attached and wants a basic minimum salary of £300 a week.

result of the ballot will be known later today.

By Ross Wigham

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