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Further disruption to postal services in Royal Mail announced 20 July 2007

A heightened level of industrial action in Royal Mail has been announced by the Communication Workers Union (CWU). On Wednesday the union issued a programme of strike action spanning two weeks, from 7pm on Wednesday 25th July to midday on Wednesday 8th August 2007. Their intention is to target different parts of Royal Mail operations on different days with the timing aimed at maximising the disruption to mail deliveries.

This will be the third occurrence of strike action within three weeks following unsuccessful pay talks between the CWU and Royal Mail.

Despite contingency plans being arranged by Isle of Man Post Office and Royal Mail to reduce the effect of the strike and keep disruption to a minimum, customers should expect delays to mail sent to and from the Island, the UK, Europe and international destinations.

Bank pouch services and Parcelforce services are expected to remain unaffected during the strike period and Isle of Man customers will see no disruption to local to local mail.

The effect of the strike will have a greater impact on mail services on certain days during this period than experienced in the earlier industrial action and daily updates regarding the disruption to customers will be available on our website (www.iompost.com), by contacting our Customer Services Team or by visiting any post office Island-wide. Customers who have urgent items to send during the strike are recommended to consider using Parcelforce’s guaranteed next day services.

Isle of Man Post Office would like to confirm 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. During the strike we expect to receive a high volume of calls and if all operators are busy customers will be diverted to a voicemail service. Customers are asked to leave a message with contact details and a member of the team will return their call as soon as possible.

Further information about the contingency plans in place will be issued once they have been finalised.

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