Postal strike continues for second day

| October 23, 2009 | 0 Comments
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The second wave of postal strikes started at 0400 BST today. Almost 80,000 delivery and collection staff will walk out for a 24-hour period and follows the walkout yesterday of 42,000 mail centre staff and drivers.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said it had no choice but to announce the series of strikes after it accused the Royal Mail of turning down its latest series of proposals without proper consideration.

However, following further unresolved talks this week, there will be further strikes taking place next week, starting on Thursday 29 October, according to the CWU.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on the Royal Mail and the CWU to resume negotiations to bring an end to the “self-defeating” strike.

Union leaders have blamed Business Secretary Lord Mandelson and Royal Mail chiefs for the collapse in talks and failing to come a mutual agreement.

According to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), more than two-thirds of the 4.8 million small firms in the UK rely on the Royal Mail for their post and a spokesperson for the FSB told the BBC that its members were struggling to find alternatives.

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