Royal Mail strikes go ahead as privatisation plans shelved

Thousands of postal workers will strike next week over plans to modernise Royal Mail.

The Communication and Workers Union has announced London members would stage a three-day walkout from next Wednesday, as news came that part-privatisation plans were put on hold.

Distribution workers will strike on Thursday and mail centre employees on Friday, action that is expected to cause disruptions to the postal service for at least a week.

The strikes follow a day of action earlier this month in response to cuts at Royal Mail.

Business secretary Peter Mandelson announced yesterday that he was shelving any plans for part-privitisation of Royal Mail – intended to help clear the £9bn pension debt and reform the group – until after the next general election.

The decision is likely to go down well with Labour backbenchers, hundreds of whom threatened to rebel against the plans.

Royal Mail has previously warned that ongoing strikes will not help to modernise the service.

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