Royal Mail workers have started the first of two 48-hour walkouts in a protest over pay and fears of job cuts.

After last-minute talks between Royal Mail managers and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) failed to reach a deal, the strike started at noon.

A second two-day strike by the CWU’s 130,000 members is scheduled to begin at 0300 BST on Monday, 8 October.

Companies have been warned that the strikes mean there will be no deliveries until next Thursday.

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