Postal workers in Carterton and Witney are to strike on 24, 25 and 29 August following an overwhelming vote for action over management bullying. Carterton voted 25 to one for a strike and Witney voted 55 to seven.
A dispute over seniority (allocating work on the basis of how long you have been a worker) could burst out at any time.
Royal Mail managers has stated that they have clear legal advice that seniority will be a breach of pending age discrimination legislation and they will have to be compliant with the law by 1 October 2006.
Across Britain postal workers are voting on the proposed “Shaping our Future” pay and conditions agreement.
While CWU union leaders say it is this is a “ground breaking” and “landmark” agreement a number of union branches including Cambridge and Essex have come out against the deal.Many others are not making any recommendation.
The number of new disputes emerging is a sign of how the deal has not covered crucial areas which are now being implemented.
Residents who have seen the number of post offices in their area halved are protesting against further threats to the service.
More than 1,000 people in Marston, Oxford, have signed a petition asking the government to rethink its plan to withdraw the Post Office card account.
The card allows people to have their benefits, pensions or tax credits paid directly into a Post Office account.
When it goes, the loss of business will mean closures.