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London hardest hit by postal strike

LONDON was hardest hit by a postal workers strike yesterday after 10,000 workers in the capital walked out, the Communication Workers Union said.

A further 2,000 workers in Scotland, central, eastern and southwest England joined the stoppage in protest at cuts and management action at Royal Mail.

"Only 20 Royal Mail offices outside London, out of around 1,600 nationally, are affected by the CWU strike , while the network of post office branches is not affected and will be open as usual," the Royal Mail said.

Royal Mail said, despite the local strike action by the CWU, more than 90 percent of postal workers, about 150,000, were working and supported by management volunteers.

In London around 1,200 managers were working to maintain priority delivery and collection services, Royal Mail added.

The CWU said it was pleased with the response. "It has not been a national strike, we've had 12,000 people on strike out of a total 170,000. We have not called everybody out on strike," a CWU spokesman said.


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