29/06/2007

Postal strike hits deliveries

Postal deliveries are suspended today as staff across Northern Ireland strike today over pay and business restructuring proposals.

Post Office branches are open, but mail sorting and delivery are suspended due to the industrial action.

Royal Mail have asked customers not to post mail today (Friday) as there will be a backlog of items to be dealt with due to the strike.

Earlier this week, talks between Royal Mail and the union have ended in deadlock.

Management at Royal Mail are seeking to implement a modernisation plan so that the company can remain competitive.

In a statement Royal Mail said it was "extremely disappointed that the union has failed to grasp how damaging a strike will be for our customers, our people and the company."

Royal Mail said that the mail market in the UK is declining by 2.5% per year and the company has already lost 40% of bulk business mail to rivals.

The Special Delivery guarantee has been voided for items posted on Thursday June 28.

(SP/KMcA)

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