Dates for renewed postal strikes are set to be announced after the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) failed to reach an agreement with Royal Mail.
The two sides have held talks over the past five days, but negotiations ended without a deal.
The CWU said that progress had been made in some areas, including pay, but it was not enough to avert action. As a result, the union said it would announce further strikes.
The union had already called strikes after rejecting a 2.5% pay deal, and warned that the modernisation plans could threaten 40,000 jobs.
According to the CWU, the Royal Mail has ended an agreed period of calm, leading to union fears that the company was about to implement ‘unagreed operational changes’.