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Oct122009

Postal strikes threaten Christmas chaos for businesses

Businesses are looking at new ways to communicate with customers and suppliers as the postal strike threatens chaos in the run-up to the busy Christmas period.

Amazon has already pulled the plug on a £25 million contract with the Royal Mail because deliveries are piling up in the strike. Many businesses face cash flow and penalty problems that may affect their credit ratings as invoices, cheques and tax letters are caught in the strike.

Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: "This strike announcement defies logic at a time when businesses and government are working hard to move the UK economy back to growth. Postal delays are already hurting small businesses and major companies across the country. 

"At a time when businesses are taking drastic measures to keep as many people in employment as possible, the CWU's call for strike action in the run-up to the busy Christmas period is akin to a death-wish."

The BCC and other business organisations are urging businesses of all sizes to look at alternatives to the Royal Mail:

    * Communicating by email and sending important documents like invoices across the web instead of in the post

    * Paying bills by setting up online banking transfers

    * Set up alternative delivery arrangements with courier and parcel services

Communications Workers Union secretary Bill Hayes, who represents the UK’s 120,000 postal workers, is accused of plotting to ruin the post office with industrial action that will lead to the loss of more jobs.

The full extent of the intended action will become apparent later today after the CWU executive meets in London.

The union has to give at least seven days notice of any strike, so the earliest disruption could be on October 19.

The main fact is does anyone actually know what the strikes are about?

Most people seem to think the argument is about overtime payments.

This is incorrect.  The CWU is upset about the Royal Mail's handling of a modernisation programme. Strikes are set to increase in a dispute they say is about consultation over changes to working practices. 

 

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