Thousands of postal workers in the West Country are voting on Friday whether to go on strike.
It is the first Royal Mail national strike ballot since 2009 and comes after a breakdown of talks in a dispute over privatisation, pay and pensions.
Unions say privatisation will wreck the postal service and threaten deliveries to rural areas.
David Wilshire from the Communication Workers Union in the West Country spoke to ITV News West Country:
Postal workers in Weston-super-Mare have agreed to go on strike for the first time in 20 years.
Staff said it was over cuts and being asked to cover sickness and absenteeism.
On Tuesday morning, members of the Communication Workers Union said they would stage a series of one day strikes beginning in August.
A seventh post office strike has been set for tomorrow in a dispute over closures, jobs, and pay. Support continues to grow for the campaign to save 74 post offices.
Post Offices affected will be:
- the Galleries, Bristol
The union claims that the Post Office wants to close and/or franchise 74 Crown offices, 20% of the network, and cut up to 1,500 jobs.
The strike will affect up to 4,000 staff working in 371 Crown post offices. Post Office staff voted by nine to one (88%) in favour of the seventh strike action.
With the news that Post Office bosses shared £15.4 million in bonuses their plans to close offices, cut jobs and refuse to agree a pay rise for crown office staff is unbelievable. They’re lavishing bonuses at the top while slashing jobs, services and pay for front-line staff. It’s blatant fat cat behaviour from management out of touch with their workforce
We are disappointed at the CWU's decision to call further strike action. This can only cause disruption to customers and cost our people money.
"We must continue with our plans to turnaround the Crown network to ensure we keep these branches on high streets and in city centres across the UK. We remain open to discussions with the CWU on pay options which do not add to the current loss of public money
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).
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.
A 16-year-old boy from Coleford has been arrested on suspicion of assault and attempted rape. The incident happened in Gloucester Park at around 11pm yesterday.
A young woman was struck on the head during the attack and sexually assaulted. An immediate search of the area was carried out by response officers and the arrest was made shortly before 11.30pm.
The victim has received treatment for her head injuries and is currently being supported by specially trained sexual assault officers.
Postal workers in Bridgwater have voted to go on strike over conditions. The 122 postmen and women say they'll strike for three consecutive Saturdays starting on June 29th.