So Royal Mail and the CWU have managed to reach enough of an agreement to call off tomorrow’s postal strikes. There will be no more industrial action this side of Christmas, although the CWU have by all accounts – the real details of the agreement won’t be published until tomorrow – reserved themselves the right to strike in the New Year, should a more permanent agreement not be achieved.
Throughout the long drawn-out round of industrial action – let’s not forget that local strikes have been going on for months now – eBay sellers, other online traders and plenty of industry commentators have been saying that once merchants leave Royal Mail, they won’t go back: that they’ll stick with couriers who’ve offered reliability where RM haven’t.
Others, of course, have pointed out that for many merchants, RM is the only viable way to ship very small and light items, so sellers have no choice but to stick with them.
So let’s have another completely unscientific poll: what will you be doing?
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