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Thursday, 26 April 2007

The Communication Workers Union is threatening to ballot Royal Mail workers for strike action over a pay freeze and sweeping cuts aimed at saving £350 million.

Proposed cuts include halving the number of collections and ending weekend working and night shifts at sorting centres. This would mean that post arriving at the weekend would not be sorted until Monday.

The CWU has called these moves "a cost cutting frenzy" and in a letter to it's 15,000 RM members has said: “Unless there is a dramatic change in Royal Mail’s attitude, there is no prospect of us reaching an agreement and a major dispute is inevitable.”

Royal Mail has said that it was “astonished” at the threat of strike action. A spokesman said: “We are seeking to reward our people in a way that doesn’t add to the £730 million annual pension fund cost, nor does it hinder our ability to operate in a market where our rivals handle one mail item in every eight.”

A dispute over cost-cutting led to the recent departure of Ian Griffiths, the managing director of Royal Mail, after little more than a year in the job. His departure marked the second time in 2½ years that the head of the letters division quit Royal Mail suddenly.

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