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For business who owe money are are expecting money, I recommend that you pay by BACS or a simple bank transfer with customers and suppliers in these areas.
I recommend everyone who owes money on their credit card pay via telephone or internet banking and not post cheques.
The Royal Mail is talking about taking legal action and dismissals. Good idea or will it make things worse? As they are on an illegal strike, they will lose all pension benefits and will be entitled to no lay-off money at all. Simple sacking for gross misconduct.
I am more in support with the office in Scotland that striked when they were asked to sort some of London's mail. When managers sent the mail back to London, they returned to work. I can at least understand that they would not want to do others work (what benefit would it get them, a couple of hours overtime and then it'd all be forgotten 2 months later!).
Thankfully I have worried about this for a month or so now and have found alternatives to delivery problems by using a courier and a supplier who sends items from their premises using Parceline. Though couriers may get snowed under before long...
For payments, I am paying by bank transfer at the moment and I will be contacting business customers as bill due dates get close to inform them of my bank details for payment, or they can pay by credit or debit card. In this day and age they have no excuse for paying late, legal action will be taken even if the money comes after the strike is over if it is still late - I will be charging interest if they refuse to pay by any other method than cheque by Royal Mail - they can send it by courier if they want to pay by cheque.
Essex_Boy, ring your customers who you've sent invoices to for fax numbers (if you don't have them) and fax the invoices.
creative_craig, get a lost/damaged mail form from the post office and claim for compensation for a refused special delivery which is guaranteed by the Queen of England. You probably won't get any money, but I wonder what the letter you get back from them will say! Worth a try in my opinion, let them know you are not happy!
Thank the world for couriers (I never thought I'd say that!) and FREE THE MONOPOLY! (Which may happen soon, temporarily, but if they open it, do you think they'll ever close it again?)
I knew 2 postmen in the Chelmsford area both are skivving barstools grossly inflating the time it takes to deliver the round. Problem is its been going on for so long, how can you crack down on it?
The management of RM are crap turning a profitable company in to a £100's Million loser.
Dont know who I back.
No do not end the monopoly, look atthe directory enquiry services fiasco, railtrack etc etc better the devil you know.
Court threats dont work in the long run youll only upset your customers/suppliers etc
Court action is perfect for those who are already well overdue and now will try to use the Royal Mail strikes as an excuse. (Only they'll not get the court documents!). It gives you a good excuse to demand payment by credit/debit card on the phone, there and then. I don't mean for customers who are less than 90 days overdue, just those over using the excuse.
Glad to see that the Royal Mail has just lost a contract (terminated early) with Tesco :) - Good one for Tesco, sourcing an alternative instead of waiting and hoping, well done Tesco!
Royal Mail's competitors are already being allowed to take over more deliveries on a temporary basis.
Private firms holding licences to deliver a limited amount of bulk mail to business customers have been given permission to carry any mail they wanted because of the dispute.
The monopoly breaking could be in for a little test to see how these private companies react. The bad thing about the monopoly been scrapped could be thousands of postal workers who lose their jobs and then end up working for a competitor, I imagine they may get less money working for someone different. So it could be in the postmans interest not to disrupt for too long.
Our postal service is almost non existent they leave it in a pipe in a hedge about a mile away from the house. Most of it is Junk mail postman gets paid to deliver paper spam which I then on occasion deposit in bulk into the nearest postbox.
Adapt and survive yes that I agree with, but can you see that happening?
It may well end up as a luxury service and something of an oddity they may even theme it as an OLDE WORLDE POSTE experience.
Strikes always spawn alternatives I do believe that the motor cycle courier services began during a previous strike.
This INMO is the future, what we all do - electronic communication, its going to get faster and way more sophisticated.
I hope its ok listing these...
Some mentioned parcelnet
Not endorsing these co.s (got to choose one 4 mon)just need a list of viable alternatives.
PS- this is effecting sales with others? we are down.
I wonder if the private companies having their restrictions lifted will get the restrictions again or if they'll be free to compete (they were allowed to build their own post boxes and have collection services, which surprised me). If the restrictions are never brought back, this could be the strike of the Royal Mail to remember - it could never be the same given a year or two of competition.