The CWU may have called off their planned industrial action for this week, but the postal problems are not over yet. Despite Royal Mail’s statement that they are dealing with mail in the order they received it, it seems pretty obvious that while newly posted items are being delivered in something like normal time, those posted at the beginning of the strike are still sitting in piles somewhere.
Meanwhile, unofficial strikes are still taking place. 150 workers in Normanton, Yorkshire, have walked out in protest at 50 drivers having their shifts changed from days to nights without any consultation. 800 Merseyside workers are also continuing with strike action, affecting 21 sorting offices.
If you know of unofficial action still taking place in your area, please leave us a comment.
A survey by the British Chambers of Commerce has found that 55% of small businesses would look at switching their business from Royal Mail to another mail carrier, even after the strike is over. 88% of firms questioned said that the industrial action had hurt their business. BCC head of policy Nathalie Evans said “Small businesses rely on a decent post service and have been let down badly over the past few weeks. It will not be easy for Royal Mail to regain their confidence.”