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Royal Mail and unions fall out again

As the situation between the Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union took a turn for the worse yesterday, hopes of a short term resolution to the ongoing strike issue are fading fast. The unions have claimed that Royal Mail management has forced all postal delivery personnel to take on the extra work created by 63,000 job cuts although it is alleged they had been offered no overtime for this additional work.

Indeed the unions have claimed that hundreds of post delivery personnel have seen their salaries stopped until they "cave in" to Royal mail management demands. As a consequence the union has floated the idea of legal action in the courts to stop these alleged "bully boy tactics" with the two sides looking further apart than ever before and strike action later in October now seems inevitable.

The basic problem between the two parties is the fact that the Royal Mail is in need of serious modernisation although the unions believe this is being pushed through too quickly and too much pressure is being placed upon their members. As a consequence we are now stuck between a rock and a hard place as both parties dig in for the long term waiting for the other to "crack".

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