Business Secretary Vince Cable
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Royal Mail strike regrettable says Vince Cable

16 October 2013 Last updated at 18:22 BST

A decision by Royal Mail workers to go on a national strike on 4 November is "regrettable" the Business Secretary Vince Cable has said.

The Communication Workers Unions has said the action could be averted if the company made concessions over pay and conditions, but Mr Cable said the government could not intervene.