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SCOTTISH CHAMBERS CALLS FOR COMMON SENSE IN POSTAL DISPUTE

[ 22-10-2009 ]

Scottish Chambers of Commerce today called for common sense to prevail in the postal dispute.  Chief Executive Liz Cameron said:

 
"This has to be one of the most disastrous pieces of industrial action in recent times.  The indications we have from our members is that many workers have ignored the strike call and we thank these committed individuals for their adherence to the customer service which marks their professionalism.  No doubt in this volatile situation that picture will change from day to day.  The reality is that abandoning your customers when there are competitors ready, willing and eager to take on your business will only lose the Royal Mail customers and that will be the biggest threat there could be to the jobs of postal workers.  Despite this as the sole Universal Service Provider the Royal Mail's unionised hotspots resist the obvious and absolute imperative for modernisation. 
 
"All sensible managers would say that the way forward is through agreement, but to use the leverage of the peak Autumn/Christmas mail market as a tool in this debate can only undermine the future security of the very jobs which the union claims to be protecting.  Even the Royal Mail's competitors are unhappy at the undermining of this great British service.  In the present climate, where businesses are pulling out all the stops to climb their way back from a global financial collapse, to further undermine our economic chances in this way in unconsciounable.
 
"It's time for common sense to prevail." 

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