ROYAL Mail staff will vote on possible strike action over job security and terms and conditions.
More than 100,000 members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will vote late next month, it was announced yesterday.
Union bosses say an agreement made with management last year is not being honoured.
The union said: “In setting this timetable we clearly believe that the business, in spite of their own media campaign, are not working within the spirit and intent of our national agreements and are following their own agenda.”
Royal Mail said it was disappointed the union had chosen to ballot members “while discussions are ongoing”.
It said this would have “long-term detrimental effects on our members’ terms and conditions of employment, job security and the future of Royal Mail Group as a whole”.
Royal Mail has said it is abiding by last year’s agreement and has awarded two pay rises since last year.
Shane O’Riordain, head of corporate affairs at Royal Mail, said: “We are committed to open and constructive engagement with the CWU.
“We all want a successful and sustainable company that provides good quality jobs, fairness in workloads, and continues delivering [a nationwide] service.”