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Further industrial action in Royal Mail announced 9 July 2007

Further industrial action is planned to be staged by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in the UK on Thursday 12th July 2007. The planned industrial action will disrupt some postal and counter services for a second time but will exclude Royal Mail’s Parcelforce services. The announcement was made yesterday after no progress has been made to resolve the pay dispute between Royal Mail and the CWU.

The industrial action will come into effect from 7pm on Thursday 12th July until 7pm on Friday 13th July 2007.

Regrettably, this industrial action will cause some disruption to Isle of Man customers. Mail posted in the Island on Thursday bound for the UK will be delayed with postings on Friday potentially being disrupted by any backlog. Likewise, mail posted in the UK on Thursday and Friday for addresses to the IoM will also be affected. Royal Mail will aim to keep its Special Delivery service operating but delivery will not be guaranteed.

Isle of Man Post Office customers posting mail to the UK next week are advised to post it as early in the week as possible to avoid possible delays. Customers who have urgent items to send on Thursday and Friday are recommended to consider using Parcelforce’s guaranteed next day services. Parcelforce, bank pouch services and local to local mail will remain unaffected during the industrial action.

We expect Royal Mail to recover from the industrial action over the weekend of July 14th & 15th with services returning to normal early the following week.

Isle of Man Post Office would like to make it clear that its employees are not involved in this industrial action and every effort will be taken to minimise any disruption caused as a result of the action in the UK.

Customers with any queries can contact our Customer Services Team on 664664. We expect to receive a high volume of calls and if all operators are busy customers will be diverted to a voicemail service. Please leave a message with contact details and a member of the team will return your call as soon as possible. Further information about the industrial action will be issued once it is announced.

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