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Royal Mail privatisation kicks off ahead of CWU strike ballot

Royal Mail kicked off its initial public offering (IPO) today just as the CWU was sending out ballot papers to postal workers for strike action opposing the privatisation.

CWU firm on strike ballot plans as Royal Mail privatisation confirmed

The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) has said plans to privatise Royal Mail, confirmed this morning, are a betrayal of the British public and vowed to press ahead with a planned strike ballot on 20 September.

CWU mulls balloting members on Royal Mail strikes

CWU reps are to decide next week if they should ballot Royal Mail workers on a national strike, in a move that will inevitably raise tensions at ongoing negotiations with the postal operator.

Privatisation plan raises hackles and hopes in equal measure

There's little doubt that Royal Mail bosses welcome the government's long-awaited pledge to privatise the group, but for some in the print industry, it's a poison pen letter, tainted with the threat of industrial action and reduced service levels.

Government's Royal Mail float heightens strike threat

Business secretary Vince Cable finally confirmed yesterday that the government is to privatise the Royal Mail, drawing an angry response from the CWU, which once again raised the spectre of industrial action.

USPS in U-turn on Saturday delivery

The board of the US Postal Service (USPS) announced this week that it has directed US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe not to go ahead with plans to end Saturday delivery this August.

Ofcom sets out measures to protect the universal postal service

Royal Mail's competitors could face regulatory intervention in future if Ofcom considers them to be posing a "material threat to the provision of the universal service".

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