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Union urges mail bosses to talk

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The first nationwide postal strike in two years has begun after talks between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) broke down.

Mail centre staff and drivers began a 24-hour walkout at 0400 BST.

David Ward of the Communication Workers Union told the BBC his message to management was to ''get their hands dirty'' and meet for talks.

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