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<b>Weds Oct 14:</b> No deal, deal, doggie style and out

Published on October 14th 2009.


MERSEYSIDE’S POSTAL WORKERS could go on strike as early as next Thursday if last-ditch negotiations fail. The Communication Workers Union told the Royal Mail it is ready to issue a national strike notice unless the company agrees to their deal. Union bosses have said they have “no option” but to go on strike next week if a deal is not made, with three to one postal workers voting in favour of action over pay and working conditions.

A DEAL HAS BEEN DONE TO SAVE VAUXHALL JOBS between the Unite union and the proposed new owners, Magna. Unite said about 600 jobs would go, all through voluntary redundancy, which was fewer than the 1,200 feared. The union has agreed to a two-year pay freeze and other cost savings in return for having no compulsory redundancies at the Ellesmere Port site.

POLICE DOGS WILL STAR IN CANINE CALENDAR to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. The 2010 £5 Merseyside police charity calendar shows off the best of the force’s dog section, which tackle gun crime, drugs and track the scent of offenders, with new recruits also being unveiled.

THE MOTHER OF RHYS JONES' killer has lost her home after Liverpool County Court granted a repossession order to her landlord. Janette Mercer’s family has 14-days to empty the property in Good Shepherd Close, Croxteth.

A spokesman for the social landlord told the judge gang-related anti-social behaviour had centred on the house, with the killing of 11-year-old Rhys Jones “producing outrage and upset in the community”.

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DigOctober 14th 2009.

Do those signed death warrants have to be posted? They'll be ok then. Nobody to deliver them.

MikeOctober 14th 2009.

The postal workers are signing their own death warrant. They are terminally selfish. People use them less and less anyway and still haven't forgotten the Copperas Hill dispute a couple of years ago.

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