The postal workers’ union have announced a two week campaign of strike action beginning next week. The CWU plan to have different sections of the workforce strike for two days within the fortnight, which they say will cause “two weeks of continuous disruption to mail services”. The plan of rolling action is, they say, “designed to hit Royal Mail harder at minimum cost to our members“.
I’m sure the thousands of small businesses in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, whose trade will be damaged by this action, will take little comfort from the thought that postal workers aren’t losing too much pay over this: and in fact, with all the overtime they’re getting to clear up after the strike, are probably turning a profit.
One thing’s for certain, though: many of us are now finding alternatives to Royal Mail, and as we all know, a customer you’ve lost is doubly difficult to win back. Perhaps RM workers might like to give a thought to the long term costs of this strike. I for one will have little sympathy when (and I believe it is now *when*, not if) they find they’ve ‘striked’ themselves out of a job.