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Industrial action in Royal Mail 15 December 2008

Royal Mail has announced that six Mail Centres will be affected by 24 hours of industrial action by the Communication Workers Union commencing at various times on Friday 19th December.

The Mail Centres affected are Liverpool, Bolton, Stockport, Crewe, Coventry and Milton Keynes.

Isle of Man Post Office’s Chief Operating Officer, Mike Kelly said:

“The great majority of areas in the UK are unaffected, but it is very disappointing to see any disruption to services at this time of year. However, we are confident that Royal Mail will implement robust recovery plans next weekend to get services back to normal as quickly as possible. In the meantime I would advise anyone posting to the L, BL, WN, SK, CW, WA, CV , MK and OX postcode areas to post by Wednesday to avoid their mail being affected by the strike action. Royal Mail will put contingency arrangements in place to maintain their Special Delivery and Parcelforce services and these arrangements will include any items to and from the Island using these services. Any customers with urgent items to the affected areas are recommended to consider using one of these services.”

Mr Kelly added:

“However, whilst I can assure our customers that every effort will be taken to minimise any disruption, it is inevitable that services will be affected between the Island and those areas where the industrial action takes place. Isle of Man Post Office would like to make it clear that its employees are not involved in this industrial action and that local services on the Island will not be affected.”

Further information will be provided as and when it becomes available.

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