Monday, 8 October 2007

Mail Misery Hits Lanner

Local residents in Lanner suffer as regional Postal Workers begin the first of two 48 hour walkouts over pay disputes and job cuts.

Talks are ongoing between the Postal Workers Union and the Royal Mail in order to try and end the dispute.

Residents are fearful that the strike may continue into the middle of next week and looks set to be the longest postal strike for 11 years.

This comes after talks between the Postal Workers Union and Royal Mail managers broke down last week after the union has rejected a 2.5 per cent pay rise request.

A local resident of Chapel Lane, who wanted to remain nameless is supportive of the Communication Workers Union, who are representing the Postal Workers in the region, but is fearful of the delay.

"I have recently posted a birthday card for my grandson and I am fearful about it getting lost in the post, or worst still not getting to him in time".

According to a statement on the Royal Mail website, letters and deliveries are continuing to be processed however at 'reduced levels'.

Letters that are marked 'special delivery' will be prioritised whilst residents who are waiting for other items of post may face a longer wait.

James Cutler of Grey Terrace hopes this doesn’t happen, “I hope the credit card company gets my cheque on time otherwise I will owe them money for late payment”.

Banks and credit card companies have said that even though there is a postal strike, they are not prepared to be lenient with people if their cheques arrive late which is causing many people to be stung by late payment charges.

Royal Mail is hopeful that normal service will be resumed from Wednesday.

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1 comment:

Anne said...

A clear example of a national to local story which demonstrates a good grasp of inverted pyramid structure. Intro is concise but be wary of exaggeration. Can you really demonstrate that locals have suffered an ‘agonising blow’. What does this mean?
Paragraphs are suitably short.
Audience -- It might have been more appropriate to look at how the strike has affected students/ Falmouth residents.
Research/ quotes. Good use of quotes but you might have secured a quote from a local postal worker.
Punctuation – watch your use of commas and punctuation around quotes.