Postal staff set to walk out as Royal Mail fails to deliver

ROYAL MAIL yesterday condemned plans by London&rsquo;s postal workers to strike over job cuts and modernisation next week, causing further chaos for Royal Mail.<br /><br />A Royal Mail spokesman said: &ldquo;Customers will not understand how the union can claim to support modernisation but then announce strike action to halt existing efforts to modernise Royal Mail in London.&rdquo;<br /><br />The walk-out, by staff belonging to the Communication Workers Union (CWU), will start on Wednesday in a protest over job cuts and Royal Mail&rsquo;s plans to modernise working practices.<br /><br />Postal workers will kick off the strikes, followed by distribution workers on Thursday, and postal centre staff on Friday.<br /><br />CWU says Royal Mail is cutting jobs, working hours and services, but not modernising the business. <br /><br />&ldquo;They are expected fewer people with fewer working hours to do the same amount of work,&rdquo; a union spokesperson said.<br /><br />Mandelson told the House of Lords yesterday that current market conditions meant there was no prospect of finding a buyer for a 30 per cent stake in Royal Mail, ending a bitter dispute over plans to part-privatise the group. The government faced a backbench revolt over the plans.