Postal Strike- Is anyone missing the post?


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Legion
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If anything it's made me realise just how little I *need* the Royal Mail.

I've placed a few internet orders this week, and most places are now offering a courier as an alternative. All it would take is for one of the large courier firms to start taking "non-signed for" mail (as well as the usual signed for/insured items) for a nominal charge and I'd be a happy bunny. Most of the stuff delivered by the RM is junk mail anyway.

By forcing people to cope for over a week without the post is only proving how little people really need it. Way to ensure you keep your jobs, muppets.
#1 at 16:53:12 - 09/10/2007
peej
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Hmm I miss it because places like Play and Gameplay still use couriers (though Gameplay have just said PGR4 is on its way, I find that a bit tricky to believe!) but I definitely think that continual striking will end up with even relatively small time companies just sacking off the parcel force lot and using the likes of UPS. The sooner the better. Wouldn't even care if it drove the price of a game up by a couple of quid if it meant I would get the fackin' thing.

Peej
#2 at 17:11:35 - 09/10/2007
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Nope, same here MH, not missing them in the slightest.
#3 at 17:25:01 - 09/10/2007
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Well that's it Peej - I'm sure if couriers started poaching RM business that their prices would actually come down. They've already got a support network in place, they'd just be expanding their customer base to cope with additional demand, which would hopefully lead to much lower prices.

/waves goodbye to Pat
#4 at 18:04:30 - 09/10/2007
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Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions is still AWOL, after it was posted on Thursday, so a bummer on that score. But in general, as the Royal Mail is increasingly slow, unreliable and superceded, this strike is like turkeys voting for Christmas.
#5 at 18:06:04 - 09/10/2007
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Yeah, plenty of stuff that I order from the States or yesasia/play-asia comes into the hands of Royal Mail eventually, so it is kind of a bummer. I can't see the idea behind the strikes, though, public opinion is surely against them anyway due to how much the quality of the service has declined recently, this is only going to further calls for other companies to handle the mail.
#6 at 18:25:37 - 09/10/2007
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I'm missing ordinary letters. Waiting to see if my sister replies, want to write to my nephew, but not a lot of point posting at the moment, wondering if someone else I wrote to will write back (probably not, but it's hard to say right now).

Not missing the junk mail and bills, though.
#7 at 19:56:51 - 09/10/2007
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I am missing it, as it has delayed my registration for my job, so I can't start working as soon as I would like to.
#8 at 20:54:15 - 09/10/2007
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I'm still waiting for six games (review copies) that I need to review, all sent by Royal Mail, so yep, I'm missing it a lot!

;o(
#9 at 21:28:33 - 09/10/2007
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You were just looking for an excuse to tell us that you were getting six free games, weren't you? ;)
#10 at 00:37:18 - 10/10/2007
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The only thing I miss them for is CDs, DVDs and games. I can cope without them but if Royal Mail could work out whether they want to exist in a couple of years, that would help.

Tescos should start their own postal service - they have enough shops to act as the hubs and the transport network is pretty much there.
#11 at 00:46:34 - 10/10/2007
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Well I'm missing all the envelopes to people who haven't lived here for five years. I'm also missing all the circulars from estate agents and charities trying to get money out of us.

So no, I don't really care. Though I do have to post something to my bank which I obviously can't do for another week :-/
#12 at 14:42:32 - 10/10/2007
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I have mail! The only thing in the bulk of crap that actually matters is... a credit card bill. Any chance that I can pretend they were still on strike? ;_;
#13 at 15:32:06 - 10/10/2007
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My amazon orders seem to have turned up quicker during the postal strike than they normally do. Maybe they need to start using couriers more often.
#14 at 16:41:35 - 10/10/2007
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ilmaestro said:I have mail! The only thing in the bulk of crap that actually matters is... a credit card bill. Any chance that I can pretend they were still on strike? ;_;


Sods law innit, the only thing I had delivered this morning was a bill :(

Funny how they always get through

Peej
#15 at 16:44:42 - 10/10/2007
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I've been waiting for a written job offer since I was verbally offered it last week. Annoying, as I don't want to hand in my notice until I've got the written confirmation, and it's just dragging now...
#16 at 16:58:03 - 10/10/2007
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Are these buggers supposed to be delivering parcels today then? We're waiting on a ton of stuff to turn up. I suppose there's now the backlog to sort through... and then there'll be another strike.
#17 at 17:40:51 - 10/10/2007
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Not a hope - we've been told friday before they start delivering the backlog for Oxford, and that'll mean no PGR4 for me until it all gets sorted - then like you say they go on strike again next week so that'll be another 2 days of backlogged mail sitting there undelivered.

Fucking cuntbags.

Peej
#18 at 20:53:59 - 10/10/2007
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Not to mention the wildcat strikes which means noone really has a clue.

Sympathy level at 3%
#19 at 21:32:22 - 10/10/2007
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Legion said:You were just looking for an excuse to tell us that you were getting six free games, weren't you? ;)

Noooooo. ;o)

Seriously though, the strike has really fucked things up for me, I've now got a lot to do because of them fuckers.

What annoys me is there are plenty of things at work I'm not happy with; my salary, job prospects, my pension, the fact that I don't even get a rise every year to meet the cost of inflation, the length of journey, etc. etc.

But like the majority of the decent working population I either, a) get on with it regardless or b) look for another job.

No one is forcing these fuckers to work there, if they don't like it they could take another job. But no, let's strike and throw our toys firmly out of our prams.

/sympathy level 0%
#20 at 21:39:49 - 10/10/2007
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kentmonkey said:Seriously though, the strike has really fucked things up for me, I've now got a lot to do because of them fuckers.

Tell us what the games are, and I'm sure we can help come up with some stuff to put in the reviews for you... ;-)
#21 at 22:29:01 - 10/10/2007
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Furbs said:Not to mention the wildcat strikes which means noone really has a clue.

Sympathy level at 3%

Yeah, I heard they were going to be rotating the strikes - sorting offices one day, no collections the next day, no deliveries the day after. Fuck knows what advantage that gives them.
#22 at 03:09:30 - 11/10/2007
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Vaguely related, is anyone here actually in a union? The only proper union guys I've worked with have been company hating tossers who seem to believe everyone is conspiring against them.

One that worked in our team was off sick 3 out of 4 weeks and complained to the boss when I gave him something to do (instead of playing games on his PC) that he didn't want to do "that sort of work". When he was told he couldn't keep doing the 8 hours overtime a week he was getting because there wasn't enough work for him, he started being sick permanently.

I think he's been promoted since.
#23 at 05:23:02 - 11/10/2007
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I'm in a union but fuck knows why. I pay the dues just incase I need them.

Apparently they can help out if you get knocked back for re-gradings (or promotions if you will) but thats never happened to me yet.
#24 at 10:34:02 - 11/10/2007
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kentmonkey said:What annoys me is there are plenty of things at work I'm not happy with; my salary, job prospects, my pension, the fact that I don't even get a rise every year to meet the cost of inflation, the length of journey, etc. etc.

But like the majority of the decent working population I either, a) get on with it regardless or b) look for another job.


Well, to be honest I think this is the mistake of the majority of workers. Pay increases below inflation are fairly normal and fairly WRONG. Everything goes up every year, travel rates, rents, taxes and they effectively want to pay you less every year if they don't meet inflation. Now unless they were paying you way too much to begin with, sooner or later you're going to run into trouble paying your way.

Not to mention the fact that most of us work longer hours now than any of our ancestors did and we're somehow supposed to be grateful for this. Unpaid overtime is the norm in an awful lot of places - you don't do it you're not a team player. No wonder so many people slack off on the web at work.

So while I find the strikes annoying and I'm not sure how justified they are - part of me is pleased to see that not every worker in Britain is bending over and taking it up the arse, you know what I mean?
#25 at 10:51:09 - 11/10/2007
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I do think it's slightly odd how everyone supported the Firemen when they went on strike, but the PO are just considered a bunch of slackers. ;)

My other half is a nurse and they generally have a no strike policy. That's great for the patient, but conditions and morale on the wards is at a critical low. I can't help feel that nurses will continue to get royally shafted while they refuse to take industrial action...
#26 at 11:58:07 - 11/10/2007
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That's a problem even down to the single person who hands in his notice. It's usually at that point that they say "Oh, is there anything we can do to stop you going ?". The only way to get your point across is by doing something about it, because most employers act like you should be grateful that you've got a job with them.

/handed his notice in today

EDIT - and MetalDog; fully agree with your last two paragraphs !
#27 at 12:09:54 - 11/10/2007
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oneiros said:I do think it's slightly odd how everyone supported the Firemen when they went on strike, but the PO are just considered a bunch of slackers. ;)

My other half is a nurse and they generally have a no strike policy. That's great for the patient, but conditions and morale on the wards is at a critical low. I can't help feel that nurses will continue to get royally shafted while they refuse to take industrial action...


Theres a few reasons for this though. First of all they're skilled services which people cant just walk into, and theres shortages. Then theres the whole "life on the line" aspect, and finally, when they did strike, it was done in a responsible way so core services werent really affected. I'm sure had people started dying support would have quickly waned.

I'm pretty bolshi and a load of mates I used to play football with were posties (so I know they're not just workshy layabouts...some of them anyway), but they seem to be doing this strike in the most cuntish way possible.
#28 at 14:05:31 - 11/10/2007
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They must have realised they'd get very little public support. Even when they're not striking they're fucking useless.
#29 at 14:12:09 - 11/10/2007
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I remember our union going out on strike for two days for what worked out to be £10 more per person per year more than was originally offered.

It was pretty hard to support the firemen wanting 20% (?) or so pay increase at the time because "the job is so dangerous". I'm pretty sure fire is no more dangerous now than it was before.
#30 at 14:53:42 - 11/10/2007

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