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Developed News Story | UK’s Royal Mail workers launch walkout over a pay dispute

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Picket lines have been mounted outside Royal Mail delivery and sorting offices in the United Kingdom after workers launched a 48-hour strike in a worsening dispute over pay.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) walked out on Friday, hitting postal deliveries across the country.

Talks between the two sides were held on Thursday, but there was no sign of any progress being made and the union is planning to step up industrial action in the coming weeks.

The union said the walkout by about 115,000 of its members is the biggest strike of the year amid long-running disputes in other sectors.

A further 19 days of strikes have been announced on different days throughout October and November in a significant escalation of the dispute.

Dave Ward, the CWU’s general secretary, said “this is a significant announcement, but it is one which matches the level of anger our members feel at the way Royal Mail Group has treated them”.

‘Reckless pursuit’

Meanwhile, a Royal Mail spokesman said “the CWU can be in no doubt of the impact its reckless pursuit of 19 days of industrial action has on our weakened financial position and the job security of its members”.

“Royal Mail is losing 1 million pounds ($1.1m) a day. We operate in a competitive market, and our customers have choices. Continued strike action will force our customers to make those choices sooner rather than later,” the spokesman said.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience the CWU’s continued strike action will cause. We are doing all we can to minimize any delays and keep people, businesses, and the country connected.”

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