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Blake
post Sep 11 2009, 10:24 AM
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Has there been a postal strike in West Berkshire?
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post Sep 11 2009, 10:25 AM
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QUOTE (Blake @ Sep 11 2009, 11:24 AM) *
Has there been a postal strike in West Berkshire?



Not for many years.
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post Sep 11 2009, 10:31 AM
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QUOTE (GMR @ Sep 11 2009, 11:25 AM) *
Not for many years.

err, October 2007 actually.
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post Sep 11 2009, 10:31 AM
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QUOTE (Blake @ Sep 11 2009, 11:24 AM) *
Has there been a postal strike in West Berkshire?


No, but obviously postal strikes elsewhere in the country will affect the delivery of items in West Berkshire because it is a national network. I was expecting a couple of items this week in the post and neither have arrived yet.
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post Sep 11 2009, 10:35 AM
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QUOTE (dannyboy @ Sep 11 2009, 11:31 AM) *
err, October 2007 actually.



That is what I said.... 2 years ago was many years ago. wink.gif
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post Sep 11 2009, 10:36 AM
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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Sep 11 2009, 11:31 AM) *
No, but obviously postal strikes elsewhere in the country will affect the delivery of items in West Berkshire because it is a national network. I was expecting a couple of items this week in the post and neither have arrived yet.



They've probably been stolen.
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post Sep 11 2009, 11:27 AM
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QUOTE (GMR @ Sep 11 2009, 11:35 AM) *
That is what I said.... 2 years ago was many years ago. wink.gif

I wouldn't call two, lots. tongue.gif wink.gif
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post Sep 11 2009, 11:31 AM
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QUOTE (Iommi @ Sep 11 2009, 12:27 PM) *
I wouldn't call two, lots. tongue.gif wink.gif



Nor would I actually... laugh.gif
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post Sep 11 2009, 12:02 PM
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QUOTE (Blake @ Sep 11 2009, 11:24 AM) *
Has there been a postal strike in West Berkshire?


Yes a 24 hour one at Swindon sorting office last week, which I believe effects us since Reading's closed


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post Sep 11 2009, 02:16 PM
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If you buy a first class stamp - so that you could get your letter there by the quickest route - and there is a strike are you entitled to get your money back or have it reduced to a second class delivery?
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post Sep 11 2009, 02:31 PM
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QUOTE (Andy @ Sep 11 2009, 01:02 PM) *
Yes a 24 hour one at Swindon sorting office last week, which I believe effects us since Reading's closed


Swindon is in Wiltshire, not West Berkshire, but i see what you mean it will still affect us. Also according to news story the NWN printed a couple of weeks ago, our mail still gets sent to Reading.


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post Sep 11 2009, 03:58 PM
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Swindon is one of the main distribution centres. If it gets there and then there is a strike, it won't get out to delivery offices like Newbury. The delivery teams cannot delivery what they haven't got.
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post Sep 11 2009, 07:16 PM
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My usual junk mail arrived today, no problem.
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post Sep 11 2009, 07:21 PM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Sep 11 2009, 08:16 PM) *
My usual junk mail arrived today, no problem.



I got a letter from the Opticians but I couldn't see it laugh.gif
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post Sep 11 2009, 10:21 PM
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QUOTE (GMR @ Sep 11 2009, 08:21 PM) *
I got a letter from the Opticians but I couldn't see it laugh.gif


Why is that? Are you deaf or something? laugh.gif


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post Sep 11 2009, 10:35 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Sep 11 2009, 11:21 PM) *
Why is that? Are you deaf or something? laugh.gif



Pardon? wink.gif
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post Sep 12 2009, 08:05 PM
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A few valid points to be highlighted if I may .

Firstly Newbury's ,West Berks ,North Hants ,South Oxon and Wilt's mail is distributed out of Swindon . This is because of the closure of the mail centres at Reading and Oxford .
Because of a singular lack of planning , this facility has become overstretched to the point of meltdown . Though staff are trying to cope with an increasing workload ( the xmas catalogues etc ) , it is apparent that problems are arising which are not being addressed because of Royal Mail's policy on cost cutting .

I am lead to believe that there is about to be a ballot by the postman's union on a national strike to draw attention to their frustration over issues such as these , which appear to be a national problem , and other cost cutting exercises that are having an adverse effect on quality of service . On top of this they have a chairman and a managing director that are getting the sort of income ( over a £ million / annum ) that most only dream of and you get the idea that things are somehow not quite right .

We all know that the present government want to sell off 40 % of Royal Mail to the private sector in order to " modernise " the industry ,what may be not so widely acknowledged is that an incoming Conservatives policy is to sell ALL of the business as a going concern in order to once and for all remove the last militant union from their hair .

So there you have it . Do you want a postal service that delivers what it is supposed to , or do you want to see it deteriorate into a glorified courier business ?

While you are thinking about it the quality of service goes down and the threat of industrial action grows .

Just like the good old days of the 1970 s eh .


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post Sep 13 2009, 10:24 AM
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QUOTE (lordtup @ Sep 12 2009, 09:05 PM) *
A few valid points to be highlighted if I may .

Firstly Newbury's ,West Berks ,North Hants ,South Oxon and Wilt's mail is distributed out of Swindon . This is because of the closure of the mail centres at Reading and Oxford .
Because of a singular lack of planning , this facility has become overstretched to the point of meltdown . Though staff are trying to cope with an increasing workload ( the xmas catalogues etc ) , it is apparent that problems are arising which are not being addressed because of Royal Mail's policy on cost cutting .

I am lead to believe that there is about to be a ballot by the postman's union on a national strike to draw attention to their frustration over issues such as these , which appear to be a national problem , and other cost cutting exercises that are having an adverse effect on quality of service . On top of this they have a chairman and a managing director that are getting the sort of income ( over a £ million / annum ) that most only dream of and you get the idea that things are somehow not quite right .

We all know that the present government want to sell off 40 % of Royal Mail to the private sector in order to " modernise " the industry ,what may be not so widely acknowledged is that an incoming Conservatives policy is to sell ALL of the business as a going concern in order to once and for all remove the last militant union from their hair .

So there you have it . Do you want a postal service that delivers what it is supposed to , or do you want to see it deteriorate into a glorified courier business ?

While you are thinking about it the quality of service goes down and the threat of industrial action grows .

Just like the good old days of the 1970 s eh .

DHL & TNT seems to be pretty good at delivering the post.
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Blake
post Sep 13 2009, 11:12 PM
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lordtup; you seem to assume the proposed sell off would be a bad move.

I think in fact Royal Mail could do with a good firm dose of commercial reality, mainly, start serving your customers better.

The service has gone downhill rapidly in the past 6 years. I find it hard to believe it could get worse still. It is just left-wing, pinko, fellow-traveller scare mongering and demagoguery as low as Arthur Scargill and Tony Benn.
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post Sep 14 2009, 01:13 AM
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Do you honestly think that a fully privatised Royal Mail will be there to deliver the one letter a week to the remote cottage way beyond Donnington Castle, for example?

Privatisation will bring a non-universal fee, reduced deliveries for rural communities, closure of the Post Bus routes, loss of Saturday deliveries, and that's for a start.

In the meantime, feel free to use DHL and TNT. For an item up to 1kg, in the UK, DHL will charge £18.55. makes a first class stamp seem pretty cheap.

You won't miss it until it's gone...
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