Second wave of postal strikes planned

A SECOND wave of postal strikes have been planned to take place this week after a row over modernisation of the service failed to reach a resolution. Fresh strikes will begin on Thursday (October 29), a week after the UK s first national postal strike in

A SECOND wave of postal strikes have been planned to take place this week after a row over modernisation of the service failed to reach a resolution.

Fresh strikes will begin on Thursday (October 29), a week after the UK's first national postal strike in two years was staged.

Despite talks, the Communication Workers Union and Royal Mail have failed to reach agreement over modernisation of the postal service.

According to the CWU, the Peterborough Mail Centre and delivery staff including drivers will take industrial action from 4am on Thursday (October 29) for 24 hours.

The union said this would mean no mail would be processed on that day and no mail would be moved to other delivery offices in the PE postcode area for delivery.

Delivery offices in the rest of the PE postcode area would take part in national industrial action on Saturday (October 30), resulting in no deliveries on that day.

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Adam Oakes, area delivery representative for CWU, said: "The CWU will continue to seek to resolve the dispute by reaching a national agreement that allows the modernisation of the business, by agreement."

He added: "Support for the industrial action last week was very strong among CWU members in the PE postcode area, with over 95 per cent of the 2,000 plus members taking parting the industrial action."

In a statement on the Royal Mail website the company said the volume of delayed mail caused by last week's industrial action was expected to fall to 5million items. The company apologised to customers for the disruption and delays caused by the strikes.

INFORMATION: Have the strikes affected you, and if so how and do you think they are justified? E-mail your views to: editor@huntspost.co.uk or write to: Postal strikes debate, The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TB or phone the newsroom on 01480 411481.

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