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Royal Mail strike to go ahead

A national postal strike will go ahead next Thursday and Friday after the Royal Mail rejected the Communication Workers Union (CWU) offer to avoid action.

The CWU gave the Royal Mail until yesterday to reach an agreement but it said that as the Royal Mail had rejected its proposals that therefore it had no choice but to serve notice for strike action.

42,000 mail centre staff and network drivers will strike from Thursday (October 22) and delivery and collection staff, 78,000 workers, will strike from Friday (October 23). Both will be 24 hour strikes.

The strikes will threaten the deliveries of several online retailers that use Royal Mail.

CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward said: “We made a genuine offer to Royal Mail that would have given space for detailed discussions without a strike. We were severely disappointed that within two or three hours the company rejected it, apparently without even affording it proper consideration. This comes on the back of several rejections of CWU offers and is a clear indication that they are not trying to reach agreement.”

Ward said that there was still a chance for the Royal Mail to reconsider and has called for the government to intervene in the dispute.

Readers' comments (2)

  • The strike does not include SPECIAL DELIVERY or PARCELFORCE - you can still use the post office to send web orders and parcels as its royal mail letters only that are on strike!!!

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  • Tax payers, media, royal mail customers

    We call the nations spirit today---A spirit that will unite all of the people together to help UK to get through the recession.

    We show disappointment at the postal strike, which will cost the economy 1.5 billion pounds and will damage UK economic competitive advantage in the world; Which will deepen the financial deficit of Britain; which will add the burden to the tax players.

    For Royal mail, it should face with the high competition of the market. The strike will give all of the business opportunity to domestic and international competitors to take more market share. It will damage Royal mail’s market advantage in the long run.

    We remind royal mail to think about their customers and market, other organisations, other people and nation concept. The strike will lead all of the policy maker’s and media and taxpayer’s effort to come to nothing.

    There’s no natural disaster such as earthquake, flood here but human made disaster is coming at this special recession period. Who pay for the strike, taxpayers and the whole of UK?

    We are against the royal mail strike and we are against strike from any special organisation because of its particular interest during this hard time. We also suggest participants will not follow union with self interest.

    It is really the time to let the policy makers to try to reduce finance deficit and concentrate on the reform of the industry; it is really the time to let the tax players to work smoothly. It is internationally laughable indeed. It is the time we call all the people join together to against strike.



    We call the nations spirit today---A spirit that will unite all of the people together to help UK to get through the recession.

    We show disappointment at the postal strike, which will cost the economy 1.5 billion pounds and will damage UK economic competitive advantage in the world; Which will deepen the financial deficit of Britain; which will add the burden to the tax players.

    For Royal mail, it should face with the high competition of the market. The strike will give all of the business opportunity to domestic and international competitors to take more market share. It will damage Royal mail’s market advantage in the long run.

    We remind royal mail to think about their customers and market, other organisations, other people and nation concept. The strike will lead all of the policy maker’s and media and taxpayer’s effort to come to nothing.

    There’s no natural disaster such as earthquake, flood here but human made disaster is coming at this special recession period. Who pay for the strike, taxpayers and the whole of UK?

    We are against the royal mail strike and we are against strike from any special organisation because of its particular interest during this hard time. We also suggest participants will not follow union with self interest.

    It is really the time to let the policy makers to try to reduce finance deficit and concentrate on the reform of the industry; it is really the time to let the tax players to work smoothly. It is internationally laughable indeed. It is the time we call all the people join together to against strike.

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