Yarmouth postal workers join strike

POSTAL workers in Great Yarmouth are taking part the national strike today after hopes of a last- last-minute deal collapsed.Staff at the Royal Mail's North Quay office joined colleagues across the country in the first of two 24-hour walkouts.

POSTAL workers in Great Yarmouth are taking part the national strike today after hopes of a last- last-minute deal collapsed.

Staff at the Royal Mail's North Quay office joined colleagues across the country in the first of two 24-hour walkouts.

The action, by Members of the Communication Workers Union, is set to cripple mail deliveries across the country.

About 42,000 mail centre staff and network drivers will strike today, and tomorrow 78,000 delivery and collection workers will follow.

The industrial action, over Royal Mail's pay and modernisation plans, will cause a huge backlog of mail and comes just two years after the last national postal strike. Few households and businesses in the region will be unaffected.

The union warned of further strikes in coming weeks, which could cost Royal Mail an estimated �120m.

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Workers in Yarmouth were joined on strike by Royal Mail staff at sorting offices in Norwich, Dereham, North Walsham and Holt.

Royal Mail said it was recruiting up to 30,000 temporary workers to help keep the mail moving during the strikes.