Bristol post row: Talks to avert strike break down

Talks between postal workers in south Bristol and Royal Mail over working conditions have failed to make any progress.

The second meeting between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers' Union finished without agreement on Friday.

It means possible strike action affecting Christmas post in the city could still go ahead.

A final meeting to try to avoid a strike has been arranged for Thursday.

About 80% of workers at the Mead Street depot have voted to stage walkouts.

The union says cuts in staff and an increasing workload in the run-up to Christmas has left the sorting office in "chaos".

A spokesman for Royal Mail said it was "fully committed" to resolving concerns.

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