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Postal strike hits deliveries

PUBLISHED: 16:26 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:48 16 August 2010

THE postal service has been thrown into chaos by yet another strike, leaving thousands of people waiting days for their mail. The Communication Workers

THE postal service has been thrown into chaos by yet another strike, leaving thousands of people waiting days for their mail.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) in London has been holding industrial action since last Saturday in a bitter dispute over the sale of part of Royal Mail.

Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich residents have been affected by the strike, which has involved some 12,000 workers and is planned to last until this Saturday.

The CWU has accused Royal Mail of backtracking on an agreement by cutting jobs and pay. The union staged a three-day walkout on July 8 over the same issues.

A spokesman for Royal Mail said: "We again condemn the CWU for striking over much-needed modernisation. The changes are all covered by the 2007 agreement on pay and modernisation which the CWU leadership signed in the presence of the TUC but which they are now reneging on. The union claims to support modernisation, yet acts to destroy it.

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