Postal Strikes, Customers & Self-Assessment
The guidance includes tips for getting your self-assesment tax returns to HMRC by the 31st October and for businesses that need to use Royal Mail during the strike to ensure minimal disruption to their operations, as well as containing links to other useful information.
National postal strikes were announced by the Communication Workers Union after their terms for employees’ pay, working conditions and the modernisation of the postal service were rejected by Royal Mail.
The first two national strikes took place on 22nd and 23rd October and more strikes may follow if an agreement is not reached.
Business Link’s tips include:
- Contact customers to let them know that goods may be delayed.
- Take outgoing post to the post office rather than to a post box, as it is more likely to be collected.
- Send post by Special Delivery or courier, if these services are running.
- Pay bills online or at the bank or post office, where possible.
“The new postal strike page gives business owners tips on how they can best cope with the postal strike,” said Business Link adviser, Ganesh Selvarajah. “Preparation is key to reducing the effect that the strike might have on your business and we encourage everyone to go online and take advantage of the free guidance.”
For more information on overcoming problems caused by the postal strikes, visit www.businesslink.gov.uk/postalstrike