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Emergency Labour debate on Mail

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Postal workers are to be balloted on strike action

The future of Royal Mail is to be debated at the Labour Party conference after a motion from the Communication Workers Union was accepted.

The union has been staging strikes across the country in a bitter row over jobs, pay and services.

More than 100,000 postal workers are being balloted on a national strike, with the result due early next month.

Plans to part privatise Royal Mail were put on hold after a backlash from more than 140 Labour MPs.

The emergency debate could be held on Monday following a speech to the Brighton conference by business secretary Lord Mandelson.

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