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Postal strike set for 22 October

Despite the fact that a number of localised strikes have been occurring on a regular basis over the last few months, the official union strike at Royal Mail is set to start on Thursday, 22 October. There will be a number of strikes between 22nd of October and the Christmas period which are ultimately designed to wreak the greatest havoc and cause maximum impact. However, the Royal Mail management have again today requested further meetings with the unions and demanded that the strikes are called off ahead of talks.

However, the unions are playing hardball with a suggestion that the management has been given various opportunities to discuss developments with the unions but has so far refused to do so. As we have mentioned on numerous occasions, the UK government has remained silent on this particular issue although calls are growing for governmental intervention at the highest level. There is no doubt that a strike over the Christmas period would not only impact upon consumers and businesses in the short to medium term but could also ruin the business of Royal Mail in the longer term.

The company has already been warned that a number of contracts are at risk with more and more retailers looking elsewhere to guarantee delivery over the festive period.

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