Meeting to decide on strike ballot
Postal workers' leaders will join a special two-day conference to decide whether to hold a national strike ballot over jobs, pensions and other issues linked to Royal Mail privatisation.
Around 500 Communication Workers Union (CWU) representatives will also debate alternative business models to the Government's controversial sell-off plans.
The policy forum meeting, in London, will decide whether to press ahead with a strike ballot of 115,000 Royal Mail workers later this year.
CWU general secretary Billy Hayes said: "UK postal services are facing unprecedented change and threats. We will always embrace innovation and changes in the industry, but only on terms which maintain decent jobs and protect quality services.
"This policy forum is all about anticipating what may lie around the corner and how CWU can react to protect the interests of our members and customers they serve in the increasingly changing world of postal services."
Deputy general secretary Dave Ward added: "We want to secure the best possible protections for our members' jobs and we will stop at nothing to ensure that their future, and that of the UK's postal services, are protected.
"The offer on job protection made by Royal Mail earlier this month wasn't worth the paper it was written on.
"Patience is wearing thin and unless we can secure robust protections for jobs, pay and terms and conditions soon we are asking our reps to endorse a policy of holding a national industrial action ballot no later than September."