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Royal Mail backlog hits 30 million items

With potentially two or three more strikes planned for next week the massive task of cleaning up after this week strike action began today with 30 million items delayed in the post. Even though the Royal Mail has brought in an additional 30,000 part-time workers, on top of the original plans to bring in 30,000 Christmas workers, many believe this is not enough to clear the backlog in time for Christmas.

The higher the backlog becomes the more pressure this place is on the Royal Mail, employees and unions. The UK government has tried to turn the screw this week by suggesting that the unions could lose some of their power in the future although this is an idea which has infuriated Labour followers and could in turn lead to disharmony within the party.

There is no doubt that the UK government now needs to take a more hands-on approach because the Royal Mail, still owned by the government, is a focal part of the UK business arena not to mention very important for consumers. The longer this strike action continues the more damage to the long-term reputation of Royal Mail and the more job cuts will likely come in due course as business is lost and profits begin to ebb away.

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