Postal workers could strike after talks aimed to stop industrial action broke down.
Around 160,000 postal workers are to be balloted after unions accused the Royal Mail of shutting down pay negotiations.
Union criticised Royal Mail despite company managers entering talks at conciliation service Acas.
According to reports, HR director Tony McCarthy spent more than an hour with Acas, but the postal executive of the Communication Workers Union failed to meet with him.
If the strike goes ahead, it will be the first postal strike in seven years.