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Canadian postal strike threatened over pay

Some 84 percent of the country's 25,000 post office staff have voted in favor of strike action, which will begin next week unless the government improves its pay offer, Jean-Claude Parpre, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers , told a press conferrence here. He said that the union would be in a legal position to strike next monday night but that he was hoping for a settlement before then in negotiation s for a new contract covering wages and working conditions.