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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 September, 2003, 01:06 GMT 02:06 UK
London post strike plans due
A postal dispute in London is a step closer
Postal union leaders are due to announce dates for a series of strikes in London in a dispute over pay.

On Tuesday, union officials in London endorsed a decision by the national executive of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) to take industrial action in a row over London weighting.

In a ballot, London workers had voted in favour of walkouts by about 11 votes to four.

Last week, postal staff voted to reject a walk-out as part of a national dispute over pay and conditions by a margin of less than 2,000 votes.

The CWU, which has about 30,000 postal members in London, wants an increase in the London allowance to 4,000 a year.

Currently workers can earn between an extra 1,500 and 2,700.

The Royal Mail is offering an increase to 2,860 a year in outer London and 3,784 in inner London.

Any strike in London would have a huge impact on mail deliveries across the UK.

Agreement has still to be reached on the national pay dispute, despite the vote against striking.

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