LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Thousands of postal workers at Britain's state-owned Royal Mail will stage two 24-hour national strikes on October 22 and 23, their trade union said on Thursday. The Communication Workers Union, which acts for 120,000 UK postal workers, said the walkouts could still be averted if an agreement with management was reached.
Workers voted overwhelmingly last week for nationwide action, escalating a dispute which has already caused widespread disruption to postal services.
A national strike would cripple deliveries across the country and could cost the economy an estimated 1.5 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) retailers have said.
Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi; Editing by Adrian Croft