By Liz Stephens
More than 12,000 postal workers will strike on Friday as the row over jobs, pay and services continues at the Royal Mail.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which has accused Royal Mail of cutting the pay of employees and reducing services, announced the 24-hour strike today.
Dave Ward, CWU's deputy general secretary said: "There are serious and growing problems in the postal sector which urgently need resolving.
"We have renewed our offer of a three-month no-strike deal to Royal Mail in return for meaningful talks over modernisation.
"The current cuts, bullying managers and ever-increasing workloads on a shrinking workforce cannot continue.
"Pressure and stress is at breaking point for postal workers."
The nationwide strike follows a series of smaller strikes in recent months, including a three-day walkout in London earlier in the month.