Royal Mail strike – going nowhere pretty fast

Hoping it would all be over within a few days, I didn’t really mind to get my mail a few days later than expected. But with the strike going on and with no solution in sight, I am getting more and more annoyed by the whole scenario.

Adding to my frustration are:

  • A missing 4 GB memory card for my worn out laptop
  • Ear muffs for little L that arrived two weeks after we went to the nice but noisy Goodwood Revival
  • An invitation for the Brora sale (70% off!) that happened to have taken place 10 days ago
  • A never received photo album I sent on its way to my grandma two weeks ago
  • No Grazia magazine for four weeks and then five magazines at once
  • Thus missing the Central Perk pop up café by three weeks

I can imagine that the prospect of up to 60,000 jobs cut must be scaring the shit out of the postmen and women. And I am sure they couldn’t care less about my missed cashmere sale. They strike, because they want to save their jobs. Sadly, this strike will not help saving any jobs, but it will worsen the company’s already weak situation. People will resort to use electronic mail and other delivery services, wherever possible. And they won’t come back, once the strike is over.

Royal Mail is an inefficient, ill and bloated company that needs reforms to save what’s left. No matter how sorry I feel for the individual’s fait in this case, the world will keep on turning, and other companies will be welcoming frustrated customers with open arms. Because of its weak state, it will be hard for Royal Mail to maintain their universal 6-day delivery service, especially in rural areas. Once this service cannot be guaranteed anymore, there will be even less reasons to stick with Royal Mail.

The recovery of the British economy is a fragile one, and the potential for other businesses to be hurt by the failure of delivery services is immense. Especially with the Christmas business coming up.

I am questioning the sanity of the CWU leaders who advised their members to go on strike. Am I the only one who is sadly reminded of the UK miners’ strike?


  1. I totally agree – it’s a shame, but this strike is likely to just create more competitors and run Royal Mail into the ground.

  2. Agree it’s a nightmare. Not the postee people’s faults really. Stupid system whereby Royal Mail pays for infrastructure but competitors get to use it and not enough forward planning about new technology. I kind of want to ring the rings leaders and politicians necks.

    The cabinet are not taking this as a serious enough priority at all. It is causing serious problems for workers (police checks for teachers, medical staff etc) and causing businesses problems in already difficult times.

    Grr. I missed Central Perk too- maybe it’ll come back though?!

  3. Completely! Well said MM! I’m so sorry you missed the brora sale but there will be more! As for the Grazias, just as a quick update, Katie Perry is now dating Russel Brand, Jen Aniston is back with john Mayer (on her terms!) and Katie Holmes is still considering the divorce but is scared shitless of the scientologists. Not much has happened… I hope this stupid strike ends soon. I am starting to doubt the efficiency of this supposed well-oiled country! xxx LZ

  4. Having lived in or around London all my life, I cant say the strike has made any difference to our eractic postal service. Its always been unreliable and I have always felt a great sense of pleasure in receiving something. Yes, I am 100% British, now where is the next queue for me to go stand in…

  5. you’ve taken the words out of my mouth zooarchaeologist. I’ve had countless items missing before the strike. Strangely, at present, I am receiving everything? What’s happening? Are the temps brought in as strike breakers more efficient than the normal staff?

  6. maria says

    I totally agree. This whole situation is a disaster, especially since I am a total internet shopper (how couldn’t I be when I have a job and 3 small children, and a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers showed that households can save on average a massive £560 a year from shopping online and paying bills online!). My friend found this website (she is also an avid internet shopper) that has a feature that allows you to filter out shops that only use Royal Mail so that you can get around the snail mail… You should definitely check it out, its called:
    It’s really legit, and its a price comparison website that is pretty on par with having the lowest prices available (you can see price history to make sure now is the time to buy too, which is neat). Good luck in dealing with this nuisance!

  7. Same time of writing the comment. Failed the clickcha test. Grrrrr. too much for the mummy brain.

    Just wanted to say thanks to London Zest for filling me in with the gossip. When did Katie and Tom go all wrong? He’s jumping on sofas again?

    Feeling pretty smug about the Bosnian postal service too. It s a bit random, but it’s working…

  8. I remember the miner’s strike well as we were living in a mining town at the time. All very sad especially when people turned against each other and communities were ruined. There are no mines left there now, fuel has moved on.

    That’s seems to be what has happened with Royal Mail to an extent, e-mail has taken over. I think this strike marks the beginning of the end for them, really. Staff morale is so low and I know they have a website where they can post comments about the company, and few of them are good. Given that, and the fact that so many people are losing confidence in them at a time when they can’t afford businesses to go elsewhere, I don’t see they really have a future, which is a shame.

    Plus I want my post!

  9. I feel so sad about the Royal Mail but at the same time yes, they are shooting themselves in the feet. And also very pissed off because my new debit card which arrived before the strike is FAULTY and they are sending me a new one which of course is never going to arrive so how the hell am I going to get any money out of my UK bank when I come over in November? Yet another reason to be glad I don’t live in Blighty anymore.
    I suppose I should be glad that no Royal Mail worker has ‘gone postal’ yet and shot all his/her coworkers in a mad frenzy, but there’s still time..

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