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Thursday, 8 October 2009

Where's My Mail?

Royal Mail has been on various levels of strikes for months now. So far our household has not received birthday presents, Internet purchases, family mail, invitations and that is what we know about.
Royal Mail says we are unlikely to ever receive them. Why is this acceptable?
Disputes will occur from time to time between enterprises and their workers. Most countries in the world can resolve their issues.
Here the parties appear to just become more firmly entrenched in their views neither side willing or able to move on.
So lets ditch Royal Mail (both sides) and have alternative mail delivery.

According to news reports that is what some companies are electing to do.
A report here from the Guardian.
Another here from the Royal Evening Standard.

So if you are planning on sending me a Xmas card this year maybe you should send it electronically!
Or maybe we can get Winston to train all the pigeons here to be useful.

18 comments:

Karen said...

I am with you on this! My area was plagued with Royal Mail strikes over the past 3 yrs or more while the rest of the country operated as usual - with mail locked away in storage for months, being sorted on the streets, being delivered by temps who had no loyalty to the job and would dump post on the street and leave for the day... RM boss Adam Crozier had quite a few letters from me - but I doubt he got them from the non-delivery of post! It totally crushes small businesses and from that point on, I opted to use other delivery services.

I think anyone who usually sends out x-mas cards should send them electronically and donate to charity the money they would have spent on the cards & postage!

Gillian said...

We also had a postal municipal strike for two weeks here in SA recently. You can't image how many things it cocked up!!!

365 Tage said...

Thatcher obviously didn't do her job of killing the unions properly :-)
Nevertheless, I am SOOO looking forward to being in London next weekend!

Paula said...

I don't know why, I always liked to see a Royal Mail van.

B SQUARED said...

A little competition would do wonders.

jabblog said...

It's an atrocious service and deserves to be run out of business. No wonder so many businesses are opting for alternatives.
Nonetheless, like Paula, I like to see the cheery red vans - Postman Pat and all that!

Ivy said...

Oh that stinks. Here a big tadoo would be made about the impact on the economy and some big wig retired senator would be brought in to mediate the dispute. But your lost mail probably wouldn't see the light of day. Sorry.

rauf said...

i'll send you the Chritsmas greeting in a bottle. I though Indians are the champions of strikes and shut downs, we have 'go slow' 'sit in' 'sit out' 'occupy the road' , lie flat on the road strikes.oh i forgot the lightning strikes, you name it we've got it.
when public transport, taxis, Auto rickshaws { a three wheeler bone rattler) go on strikes they park the vehicles criss cross on the road causing total road block.

Luis Gomez said...

Well, at least you all guys seem to have some kind of Postal Service. I used to live in Venezuela and there the Postal Service doesn't have to go on strike and you still wouldn't ever get your mail. I am getting ready to send Xmas cards so some friends will receive them maybe late January next year. ;-)

/t. said...

pigeons :)

nice image, mo,
but i'm surprised to find
small flaws that are so easily corrected by modern image editing software (photoshop is best) -- your image is 'drooping' at right -- your world is crooked(?) -- or, your camera is rotated(!) -- the image immediately below this one suffers in the same way -- if this is 'picky', sorry, but i really do like your work and wish to see you excel (yes you can!)

× × ×

/t.

Tammy said...

Wow I had no idea. This is good to know.
A sad site to see the trucks parked and not out delivering.

Sharon said...

How inconvenient and annoying. I might enjoy not getting the bills but the birthday gifts and cards would be missed for sure.

Mara said...

No wonder all those internet companies say it's free delivery within the UK, they won't have to send it: it will never arrive!

JM said...

I believe this can be a real mess!

Kaori said...

How bizzare! It's so rare to get mail by post these days, it makes it all the more special. I can't imaging having a gift or letter not delivered at all. That's just wrong...

White Oleander said...

This is horrible!

The Lone Beader said...

Wow! That would never happen in the USA!

SuleikaA. said...

I so agree with The Lone Beader, there is no way in hell that would happen in the USA. If you really think about it almost everyone in the USA either emails, text, or IM's... it's kinda sad at the same time cause you loose the sense of physically meeting new people, which cause social issues...

Sorry for the extra stuff i just had to make a quick point about mailing.

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