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Royal Mail strike turns nasty

As we enter the latest of the Royal Mail strikes there are serious concerns that the management and unions are further apart than ever before. The unions are threatening to take the management to court because of the 30,000 additional part-time workers they have brought in, this being on top of the original 30,000 earmarked for the Christmas period. There are laws which protect striking workers and prevent management from bringing in additional employees.

On the other hand the management is again suggesting that the unions are being unreasonable and despite the UK government becoming louder and louder in its attempt to find a resolution, the squabbling goes on. In the meantime every area of the UK economy is being impacted by the Royal Mail strike and indeed there are many who now believe that the relative monopoly held by the Royal Mail on letter delivery in the UK will soon disappear.

While both parties have obvious concerns about the short, medium and long-term changes within the Royal Mail, many people cannot understand why they cannot find at least a short-term resolution to allow the workforce to go back to work. Unfortunately, at this moment in time it is difficult to see any winners in this particular game and the longer the strikes go on the more damage it will do to the reputation and the balance sheet of Royal Mail.

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