Postal strike dates confirmed

Postal workers in Somerset have agreed a date to take further strike action. 122 post men and women met in Bridgwater today. They'll strike for three consecutive Saturdays starting on June 29th.

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Full statement from Royal Mail

It is disappointing that our colleagues have voted in favour of industrial action, however we remain hopeful that the issues can be resolved locally.

Royal Mail is fully committed to the process of trying to resolve concerns of postal workers based in Bridgwater by continuing to follow the national jointly agreed framework with the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

– Royal Mail spokesperson

We have made significant progress in recent months, thanks to the efforts of our colleagues and have worked hard to engage the CWU locally.

We urge the CWU not to call our people out on strike action which can only hurt our customers and damage our drive to build a strong and sustainable future for Royal Mail.

– Royal Mail spokesperson

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Postal workers meet to agree further strike dates

Postal workers will meet in Bridgwater today Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Postal workers in Somerset are to agree dates to take strike action later.

They'll be discussed at a mass meeting being held at the Bridgwater Royal Mail depot this morning. It's after a dispute over bullying and staffing levels. 80 per cent of workers at the depot have voted to take action in a ballot.

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