Yet more post chaos

first_imgOxford’s postal workers are to vote on Sunday whether or not to enact another series of walkouts which will paralyse the mail network in the city. The news comes shortly after unofficial strikes left Oxford without post for almost a week. The new threats of disruption come in response to the leaking of confidential witness statements which were part of an inquiry into the previous strikes. The Communication Workers Union claims the statements ended up with a group of alleged bullies and that workers fear further harassment and intimidation unless something is done. The previous strike was also justified along these “health and safety” grounds. The previous unofficial strike caused widespread disruption to businesses as a huge backlog of undelivered mail piled up. The city council estimated the economic costs to local businesses at over £500,000. Pensioners and Businesses are once again expected to be among the hardest hit by industrial action. Students will also be affected, with some claiming to have given up on Royal Mail altogether. David Adams told Cherwell that “I’m shifting to pigeons” whilst the Lincoln Ball Committee decided to deliver all the tickets to last Saturday’s ball in person rather than chance the vagaries of the postal system.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004last_img read more