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Royal Mail Madness!

When I woke-up this morning I can’t say I was exactly surprised to learn that the CWU had struck yet again! An entire workforce walking out on a job crucial to small businesses and the public alike! What would happen if the Ambulance or Police Service decided to do this as well?! Would CWU Royal Mail members react in the same way that the British public are reacting to this strike? Probably worse and yet they think it’s acceptable.
I don’t think the true implications of the Royal Mail’s strike had quite struck home until I read, on the BBC’s website, the effect this will have on small businesses across the UK:
“The Federation of Small Businesses estimates that 70% of the 4.8 million small firms in the UK rely on the Royal Mail for their post. It says that every postal strike costs its members, who have up to 20 staff, £300 each.”
However, the Managing Director of Constructaquote.com, Sian Pryce, has highlighted alternative methods of businesses communicating with their customers. Sian has said that ‘e-mail is the core of their business dealings. It is cost-effective, eco-friendly, and without a doubt the quickest way of getting crucial information across to their customers.’
With more and more companies turning to alternative forms of communication – be it faxes, emails, SMS or even Instant Messaging will there be much of a future for the likes of the Royal Mail as it is becoming more and more derided for it’s poor service and lack of consistency? Only time will tell.

Royal Mail Madness

When I woke-up this morning I can’t say I was exactly surprised to learn that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) had struck yet again! An entire workforce walking out on a job crucial to small businesses and the public alike! What would happen if the Ambulance or Police Service decided to do this as well?! Would CWU Royal Mail members react in the same way that the British public are reacting to this strike? Probably worse and yet they think it’s acceptable.

I don’t think the true implications of the Royal Mail’s strike had quite struck home until I read, on the BBC’s website, the effect this will have on small businesses across the UK:

“The Federation of Small Businesses estimates that 70% of the 4.8 million small firms in the UK rely on the Royal Mail for their post. It says that every postal strike costs its members, who have up to 20 staff, £300 each.”

However, the Managing Director of Constructaquote.com, Sian Pryce, has highlighted alternative methods of businesses communicating with their customers. Sian has said that ‘e-mail is the core of their business dealings. It is cost-effective, eco-friendly, and without a doubt the quickest way of getting crucial information across to their customers.’

With more and more companies turning to alternative forms of communication – be it faxes, emails, SMS or even Instant Messaging will there be much of a future for the likes of the Royal Mail as it is becoming more and more derided for it’s poor service and lack of consistency? Only time will tell.

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