No agreement reached in Bristol postal dispute

CWU vote "yes" poster
Image caption Postal workers in Bedminster claim their workload has increased

A meeting between Royal Mail managers and union officials in dispute over workload at a Bristol sorting office has ended without agreement.

Workers at the depot in Mead Street are balloting on strike action unless terms can be agreed between the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Royal Mail.

Another meeting has been arranged for 23 November.

David Wilshire of the CWU said the extra meeting offered a "glimmer of hope" the dispute could be settled.

The strike ballot closes next Wednesday and Mr Wilshire said a mass meeting of union members would take place on 27 November.

He said: "The ball now lies firmly in Royal Mail's court as to whether we go to the mass meeting with a proposed agreement, or to discuss what type of strike action will be requested".

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "We are meeting next Friday to continue discussions in an effort to resolve the issues."

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