Millions of letters and parcels could be delayed in pre-Christmas Royal Mail strike

Delivery of letters and parcels could be disrupted in the run-up to Christmas in the biggest strike at Royal Mail for four years.

The likely strike could start as early as October 10, potentially forcing the Government to delay any plans to privatise Royal Mail until the New Year.

The strike could start as early as October 10, potentially forcing the Government to delay any plans to privatise Royal Mail until the New Year.

The Communication Workers Union said 125,000 of its members will be balloted over pay, jobs, pensions and the impact of any sell-off.

Royal Mail said industrial action, or the possibility of disruption, was damaging to the business, especially in the run-up to Christmas - its busiest time.

The Government also said that the news will not alter its decision to sell shares in Royal Mail in this financial year.

All Royal Mail and Parcelforce workers in the CWU will be balloted from September 20, with the result due on October 3. If there is a yes vote, the union would have to give seven days’ notice for strike action.

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