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Madness The postal strike

Right in the middle of having one car written off & buying a new one

As it stands, insurers will electronically transfer the dosh to my bank account although the certificate for the new car hasn't arrived today. Trouble is, we go away for a fortnight on Wednesday and the dealer needs the cert to tax & register the car

B0ll0x is a word that springs to mind
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Sadly they just don't understand that all
that's going to happen is they'll end up with no public
support. (As well as no job and no pension )

The Royal Mail's days are numbered.

After this stike everyone will switch to the private
companies that successive uk.govs have wanted
to handle the post anyway.
 
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I'm awaiting parts for my car which I bought on Tuesday. They didn't arrive today so after the strike it'll be days before they catch up, so I'm probably looking at nearly 2 weeks for delivery of a couple of front droplinks.

Oh well....*clunk...bang...knock...clunk...clunk*

For items bigger than letters I'm gonna use a "proper" courier from now on.
 
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I'm awaiting parts for my car which I bought on Tuesday.
Least they can't cart it off into the countryside
and burn it (Like they'll do to get rid of the resulting
backlog of letters) instead of delivering them. )
 
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Sorry I have no sympathy. I apologise to any postal workers on here, maybe Dartford was an exception.

But I worked in Dartford sorting office while in sixth form and college on a casual basis, and even back then post men/women got paid pretty decent money for what they were doing which is hardly that much of a brain ache, and a lot of them were lazy wasters.

OK I earn more now, but when I think what I have to put up with compared with then for it, pfffft they don't know how good they have it.
 
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yup, i work opposite a sorting office, bunch of smoking lay abouts...
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Regardless of what you think, we all have the right to withdraw our labour if a strike is legally and legitimately voted for and democratically agreed upon.

And does anyone here know the full ins and outs of the situation? (as opposed to the media reporting and second hand word of mouth)

It's sad that as a country we're so anti unionised now. The workers here by and large have no backbone at all, and get stiffed by the bosses as a result.

I'm proud to be a union member in a strong unionised industry.
 
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yup, i work opposite a sorting office, bunch of smoking lay abouts...
That's a tad unfair is it not, presumably you see them (quite legitimately) smoking outside on their break? If they are smoking the Mail, that's a different matter entirely of course.
 
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I never really experienced the full power of unions. I have studied certain aspects of them. Having to join a union in various industries; the Labour Party changing their internal voting system to OMOV and not being allowed to stand on a picket line for someone elses strike. I want to join a postal service, having a hand writen letter makes me smile =)
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mmm ok so they are out for say 5% they strike for 6 days in total and settle for 3.5% after all the disruption and loss they are worse off than if they accepted the 3.5% ? (figures used are for illustration only)
 
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It depends how long their jobs last for after the strike, as to whether they get the full benefit of it! Although if the redundancy package is based on final salary, it would help that of course...
 
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They should be banned from striking, like the Police and the Army. The post is supposed to be a public service, and a lot of people/businesses rely on it.
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Banning is something that worries me. Some people do still have a choice.
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The Police and the Army are a bit different, they are totally necessary for Civil Order. But they get perks too (along with all the sh*t, I know) like great pensions that can be taken very early, assistance with/free accommodation etc.
 
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We use Interlink for all our packages and parcels now.

Royal Mail have let us down too many times in the past.
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Our local Postie is cool. Ultra helpful, super hard working and an all round top bloke
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It's a pain.

I'm waiting for a new air filter and some stuff from Amazon!

I feel sorry for any kids with a birthday this week.

However, banning strikes smacks of a dictatorship imo.
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It's a pain.

I'm waiting for a new air filter and some stuff from Amazon!

I feel sorry for any kids with a birthday this week.

However, banning strikes smacks of a dictatorship imo.
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Nah you're too old for getting worried about a missing birthday card or two!
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whats it all over? I heard that its not just for pay, the PO have changed the workers terms and conditions without notifying the unions and they disagree about the changes.

Is this so? If it is, a large company like the PO surely can't just change things and expect a union based workforce just to shrug their shoulders and accept it?
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Quite right, if there was no consultation with the Union(s) then that's just not on.
 
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hey if the bloody firebrigade can strike then so can the royal mail, but it is a serious pain in the arse, personally id rather eat my own **** than be in a union(i get all the same benefits through my house insurance) and unions are partly responsible for the state of manufacturing(lack of) in this country, there is only so many wage hikes and reduction in the working week a company can take before either going bust or buggering off abroad. if you know your rights your employer cant fcuk you so theres no need to pay subs to a union so the boss can swan round on 150k a year.
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hey if the bloody firebrigade can strike then so can the royal mail
Why so Is it because they have the same colour vehicles
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Re: The postal strike

The postal strike has delayed our house sale as the people in the next line down the chain are awaiting some documentation.

The delay was a day - it'll be faxed or emailed - so the the delay will be minimal.

I have sympathy with the postal workers, but whatever the rights and wrongs, paper communications are no longer paramount.

They (postal workers) are utimately stuffed - and that is sad.

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mmm ok so they are out for say 5% they strike for 6 days in total and settle for 3.5% after all the disruption and loss they are worse off than if they accepted the 3.5% ? (figures used are for illustration only)
Strikes aren't always just about money. For most, working conditions and service agreements are more important.

And most important of all, standing up and refusing to be pushed around by an employer who thinks they can do as they please with the staff. That's the real beauty of industrial action.
 
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