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.
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.
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.
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.
Staff at crown post offices across the region will be striking today in a dispute over jobs, closures and pay. It's the fifth time they've taken strike action over the issue.
Over four-thousand people are expected to strike from three-hundred-and-seventy-three offices across the country.
Post office workers across the country are going on strike today. The action has been called in response to disputes over jobs and pay.
The Post Office plans to close 76 offices which will affect more than eight hundred jobs.
The union is seeking protection for jobs and the service. It also wants to secure a fair pay rise for staff who haven't had one since April 2011.
Today, the strike will affect 373 post offices across the country.