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Postal strike looms over pay row

The threat of the first national postal strike for a decade came a step closer today when union leaders decided to ballot 130,000 workers for industrial action in a bitter row over pay.

The Communication Workers Union said its members will decide over the next few weeks whether to launch a campaign of industrial action in protest at an imposed wage rise of 2.9 per cent.

Ballot papers will be sent to postal workers on July 10 and the result will be known at the end of the month.