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Three day postal strike to start

A postal van in London
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Postal workers in London who are concerned about jobs and pay cuts will launch a strike on Saturday.

About 12,000 Communication Workers Union (CWU) members will return to work on Wednesday.

The union claimed Royal Mail had turned down the offer of talks, claiming that job losses and pay cuts were being considered in defiance of an agreement.

Royal Mail said it was the union who broke the agreement, adding they were preventing modernisation.

They have accused CWU of "refusing point blank" to discuss reforming the organisation.

But Martin Walsh, the CWU's London representative, claimed the company was controlled by the government.

He said: "We are up for change but we are not prepared to let management or the government rubbish a great public service just so they can sell it."

He also complained about comments made by Lord Mandelson, the business secretary who had accused the union of a "bury your head in the sand" attitude.

CWU's last three day strike ended on 10 July.

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