British postal workers vote to strike on a national scale
For the second time in two years Royal Mail postal workers are to strike regarding working conditions and pay.
Out of 80,830 votes counted 61,623 said yes to the industrial action.
Royal Mail have been loosing money and said this strike will hit them hard, today they "condemned" the plan to strike as "deplorable and irresponsible".
They already have a backlog of millions of letters because of regional wildcat strikes in the last two weeks.
The company and unions have been unable to resolve differences on how best to modernise the postal service.
The Royal Mail "condemned" the plan to strike as "deplorable and irresponsible", saying it would drive away customers and undermine confidence in the postal service.
"It is clearly reprehensible for the union to continue to hold strikes when Royal Mail is not planning any further efficiency changes for the rest of the 2009 calendar year," said the company's managing director Mark Higson.
He called on the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which conducted the strike ballot, to stop the strike and return to the negotiating table.