The CWU union has announced the date when it will begin a ballot for a national postal strike over privatisation. The ballot of all Royal Mail and Parcelforce workers will begin on 20 September, with the result announced on 3 October. If members vote yes, a strike could take place from 10 October.
There will be a series of post strikes in the south west in the run up to the ballot. Some 500 postal workers plan to strike for two weeks in Plymouth from Monday 9 September over harassment, bullying by management and increased workloads.
Six offices in the city had an average turnout of 70 percent in a recent ballot with 85 percent voting to strike. Two offices returned 100 percent votes for action.
As well as the workers in Plymouth, 110 postal workers in Bridgwater, Somerset, have confirmed they are set to strike on the same day for one week. It will be the tenth time workers there have struck, taking their total strike days up to 17. The workers are out in protest at cuts to full time jobs and allegations of bullying.
And 130 post workers in Weston-Super-Mare have announced they are set to strike in the middle of September. They struck for the first time in 20 years two weeks ago.