Talks aimed at resolving the postal dispute have kicked off in London this morning.
The Communications Workers’ Union and Royal Mail are meeting at the TUC in a last-ditch attempt to avert a second week of strike action that would see postal workers walking out once more on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For indies, a second wave of disruption would be both inconvenient and potentially costly. A member of staff at Stow-on-The-Wold-based womenswear independent Foundation said that at the moment, orders were being dispatched using Royal Mail’s guaranteed next day delivery service, which she said has been unaffected by the strike.
In Ashton-under-Lyne, Caroline Gilberston, a director at menswear indy Room 14 said that she was using the same service, but that if the strikes continued, alternatives, including more highly-priced courier services, would have to be considered: “It’s not good for us at all and it impacts on people who want to send things back as well.”
She added that if this proved necessary, Room 14 would have to take a decision on whether to ask its customers to pay the additional preium or to “take the hit.”