Further postal strikes planned by Bristol union

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Postal workers at a delivery office in south Bristol are planning more strikes in a workload dispute.

The Bedminster depot workers held two 24-hour strikes in December because, they say, they are being asked to do more work with fewer people.

Talks between the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Royal Mail have so far proven unsuccessful.

The conciliation service Acas is involved in an attempt to resolve the dispute.

Bristol CWU area official David Wilshire said: "The CWU and Acas have offered Royal Mail the chance of further talks next week although a positive response has yet to be received."

Mr Wilshire said if the dispute was not resolved at Acas, there would be further strikes in the "not too distant future".

About 100 people work at the Mead street depot which serves properties in the BS4 (Knowle) and BS14 (Hengrove) postcode areas.

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: "Royal Mail regrets the announcement by the Communication Workers Union that it intends to pursue further dates for industrial action at Bristol South East delivery office, despite an agreement to meet again under the auspices of the conciliation service Acas.

"It is obviously better for everyone involved if talks can continue without the threat of industrial action."

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