postal strikes

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Postal Strikes, Customers & Self-Assessment

Business Link has published guidance to help small firms overcome problems caused by the recent postal strikes. 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 good... »

Postal Strikes “devastating” for Small Firms

Postal Strikes “devastating” for Small Firms

The nationwide postal strikes scheduled to take place on 22nd and 23rd October will have a “devastating” impact on small firms, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned. A number of localised postal strikes have taken place throughout recent months, in response to a dispute about pay and working conditions for postal workers, and disagreements over the modernisation of the postal service. However, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which organises the strike action, has now announced plans for nationwide strikes to take place on 22nd and 23rd October in response to Royal Mail’s rejection of its demands. According to research from the FSB, 80% of small businesses use the Post Office to send mail and carry out other business transactions. “Small firms m... »

Postal Strikes will Lose Small Firms Customers

Postal Strikes will Lose Small Firms Customers

Postal workers must reach a rapid agreement with Royal Mail to end strike action across the UK, as the strikes may cause small firms to lose customers, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned. Thousands of postal workers have gone on strike across the UK, after disagreements over the modernisation of the postal service, including job cuts and a reduction in services. FSB spokeswoman, Prue Watson, warned that the strikes could cause lasting damage to small businesses, many of which rely on Royal Mail’s postal services to deliver supplies and invoice customers. “Small firms are at risk of losing customers due to the postal strikes, because they won’t be able to deliver what their customers need in time,” she said. “In addition, as cashflow and late p... »

More Postal Disruption Ahead

Small Business News – 10th October 2007 Now that postal workers are returning to work after their two 48 hour strikes, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the Royal Mail have so far failed to break the deadlock on an agreement over pay & conditions. As the postal system slowly deals with the backlog of mail that has built up over 4 days of striking, it seems that there will be further disruption to postal services before the service has the chance to resume normallity. The latest round of strikes are proposing to see different departments walk out with only 24 hours of industrial action each in order to stagger the disruption. The following dates of industrial action are planned, with the starting times of the 24 hour strike periods: 15 October, 18:00 BST Mail sorting offic... »

More Postal Strikes Planned

The Communication Workers Union announced yesterday that there will be further strike action… »