More strike ballots in the post

Just when they were probably thinking that things couldn't get any worse - what with rampantly increasing competition, Post Office closures left, right and centre and arguably the most strike-happy and obstreperous workforce since the days of British Leyland - Royal Mail bosses Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier awoke to the news today of yet another strike on the cards.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010
To add insult to injury, it's managers union Unite who are balloting for acton this time, rather than the usual suspects over at the CWU.   Unite represents 12,000 managerial staff there and is worried that proposed changes will put an end to its members final salary pensions and raise retirement ages from 60 to 65 - moves which Royal Mail bosses deny.

There's no doubt that these are all real issues, but they are hardly unusual. Furthermore they are ones which the majority of organisations have managed to tackle without resort to 1970s-style industrial relations. Is there anyone left at the Royal Mail outside the boardroom who actually wants to go to work in the morning?

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