• From The BBC:

    The postal workers’ union’s head has said he is prepared to stage further industrial action before Christmas.The Communication Workers Union has announced two nationwide strikes next week due to an escalating row over pay, working conditions and reform. General secretary Billy Hayes told the Times that he was “not ruling anything out”, including more stoppages. Mr Hayes also suggested that he was in a stronger position than former miners’ leader Arthur Scargill in the 1980s. The 24-hour strikes will begin on 22 October. On the first day, mail centre staff and drivers will strike. The next day it will be delivery and collection staff. Mr Hayes told the newspaper that although the CWU was trying to reach agreement with Royal Mail, its planned 48-hour walkout – due begin this Thursday – may not be the last. Asked whether his position was stronger than that of Mr Scargill before the 1984-5 miners’ strike, Mr Hayes replied: “Yes. I think in terms of the impact of the Royal Mail on the econo…

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