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Royal Mail Statement - Update On Further Strike Action PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Royal Mail said today that payroll figures show that 80 per cent of our people are working as normal. Collections and deliveries are taking place as usual throughout the UK.

12 mail centres - the large sites where mail is processed before being sent to delivery offices - are working normally throughout today, including sites in Belfast, Southend, Liverpool, Carlisle, Peterborough, Glasgow, Hull, Aberdeen, Gloucester, Portsmouth, Crewe and Gatwick. Large numbers of colleagues have also reported to work at the remaining 59 centres and are working alongside management volunteers. No mail centres are expected to be closed.

The action this week is not on a national basis but involves strikes at different Royal Mail sites at different times.

A spokesman for Royal Mail said:" We are grateful to everyone who has chosen to work as normal and to get the mail to our customers as quickly as possible in spite of the Communication Workers Union call for industrial action."

The union’s publicly stated aim of causing maximum damage to Royal Mail, and therefore its customers, is completely at odds with its claim to support the postal service. Strike action will inevitably drive customers away from Royal Mail to rival operators and to the internet.

Royal Mail is already losing business because its costs and therefore its prices are too high and our business customers are choosing to go elsewhere. The facts remain the same:

• The mail market in the UK is declining by 2.5% per year
• Royal Mail has lost 40% of bulk business mail to rival postal operators
• Overall this year, rivals will handle one in five of all letters posted in the UK
• Our rivals are 40% more efficient not because their people work harder but because they have already modernised - as we must now do - and have much more technology
• Our rivals pay their people 25% less than we do at Royal Mail

Royal Mail remains ready to meet the union leadership yet again at any time to explain our position and the tough reality of the completely open marketplace in which we now operate.
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