Royal Mail names areas hit by Covid postal delays
12/01/2021 | news | business | 1,339
Deliveries may be delayed in 28 areas due to "resourcing issues", the postal group says.
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12/01/2021 10:58:24 1 6
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I've had hardly any post in the last 2 months. I'm in Merseyside and the service has gone downhill faster than a slalom skiier.
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12/01/2021 11:03:16 1 4
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Oxfordshire has a problem too. Slight recent improvement but not holding my breath!
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12/01/2021 10:58:46 2 5
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How come the Isle Of Wight isn't listed, give te problems for tree weeks now? Perhaps that list of 28 is somewhat incomplete.
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12/01/2021 11:00:26 18 2
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Much like your spelling.
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12/01/2021 10:59:16 922 74
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Can't believe anyone would think about complaining. The posties are heroes as far as I'm concerned.
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12/01/2021 11:15:04 442 209
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Agreed - along with all other delivery workers. Why are we prioritising 80 year olds for the vaccine and not those who are doing their best to keep the country running? Give it to front line workers first - the rest of us can stay at home.
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12/01/2021 11:14:21 88 35
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Posties are heroes, for sure.

But staffing shortages are the fault of useless Royal Mail directors.

Should never have been privatised.
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12/01/2021 11:21:44 18 84
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Maybe if you were awaiting an important letter or parcel you'd feel differently. Do you even live in an affected area?
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12/01/2021 11:30:42 3 5
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Trouble is, we are 'holding out for a hero'
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12/01/2021 11:34:10 10 16
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Whilst I appreciate what they do, I’ve missed 2 medical appointments so far and am still waiting for Christmas presents I ordered in early December. I’m lucky if I receive post once every 2 weeks, I know a lot of things can be done online but not medical appointments and gifts and that’s why I’m not as sympathetic as you are.
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12/01/2021 11:36:59 7 6
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Unless you have had no post since before Christmas and are over 70 and living on your own.
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12/01/2021 11:38:28 11 19
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After not having any Royal Mail deliveries for the last two months, I feel livid about its meltdown in my area. Amongst other things, I am still waiting to receive two bank cards. To add insult to injury, Hermes, DPD, Amazon and FedEx still deliver without a fail. All those hailing posties as modern day heroes may have been singing a different tune had they been personally affected by Royal Mail.
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12/01/2021 11:25:40 9 21
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Why not, the postal service is poor especially for small parcels compared to private sector parcel delivery. Just because their job makes them deliver letters, it doesn't make them worthy of any hero worship
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12/01/2021 11:43:00 7 13
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More to the point is this

"When the age and size of the population is taken into account 2020 saw the worst overall death rates since the mid 2000s."

Mid 2000's - as I've said all along, this isn't the black death, it kills the elderly & HMG & NHS put sick into care homes 10 months ago when 72,000+ of the 80,000 excess deaths occurred, 91% of Covid deaths are elderly with co-morbidities.
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12/01/2021 12:01:31 12 4
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The postmen and women doing the delivering are brilliant. The issue is the complete mismanagement at a higher level. All other delivery companies are having zero issues continuing to provide a superior service to Royal Mail (even the bad ones!)
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12/01/2021 12:05:05 3 1
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I thoughtbthensame thing. I did see one exemption though - letters inviting people to be vaccinated arriving late.
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Tim
12/01/2021 12:13:48 1 1
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How do you think COVID-19 tests are sent to the labs? Carrier pigeon?
536
12/01/2021 12:24:30 4 6
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They've a job to do like everyone else, get on with it and stop complaining or branding them heroes.
583
12/01/2021 12:34:26 2 6
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No, No and thrice no! Postpeople are NOT heroes
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12/01/2021 10:59:30 98 13
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Crikey, we are really scraping the barrel of negativity at the moment.

Whatever next?

Answers on a postcard
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12/01/2021 11:02:48 50 22
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dont expect your postcards to be delivered any time soon lol
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12/01/2021 11:07:23 8 1
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Most depressing day of the year coming soon. BBC always have an article on that.
633
12/01/2021 12:45:35 1 1
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Unfortunately the despicables are unable to apply any original thought to the garbage they read on the BBC.
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12/01/2021 10:59:30 12 18
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Meanwhile the post office has dramatically increased its prices on January 1st which is a few months ahead of normal price changes. No doubt it will increase them again in march/april. Plus you can no longer buy stamps online and have to go to a post office to do so........worse service for higher costs, no wonder they are losing business hand over fist
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12/01/2021 11:01:16 16 2
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Post Office has nothing to do with Royal Mail
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12/01/2021 11:02:38 6 1
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It was the Royal Mail which put up their prices. They are a totally separate company from the Post Office.
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12/01/2021 11:06:48 3 1
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I’ve been using the online postage “stamp” system recently, for both overseas and UK - and have received a few items that way too. Don’t understand you saying you can’t buy stamps online; unless you’re talking about the gummed version?
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12/01/2021 11:02:55 5 1
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This is why you are prevented from using sharp scissors
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12/01/2021 11:03:07 3 1
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Royal Mail increased the price!
190
12/01/2021 11:26:20 2 1
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You mean Royal Mail not Post Office in your first line as RM and PO are two different companies.
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12/01/2021 11:59:35 5 1
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Losing business?? You must be joking. I work for the Royal Mail and it's been like the Christmas period every day since last April. This Christmas was like a normal Christmas on steroids! The company took on 36,000 casual workers over Christmas (normally half that) and that was still not enough.
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12/01/2021 10:58:46 2 5
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How come the Isle Of Wight isn't listed, give te problems for tree weeks now? Perhaps that list of 28 is somewhat incomplete.
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12/01/2021 11:00:26 18 2
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Much like your spelling.
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12/01/2021 11:00:34 26 1
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People using Twitter to complain? Surely not...
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12/01/2021 11:23:57 2 9
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Be careful - we may have insurrection at Royal Mail.....
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12/01/2021 11:00:39 111 20
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Add this to the RM woes:

‘Simon Thompson, a former Ocado executive who also ran the NHS Test and Trace app, has been named as Royal Mail's new UK boss.’

RM is doomed.

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12/01/2021 11:24:01 6 3
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"Jobs for the boys"
841
12/01/2021 13:39:17 1 1
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Another "revolving door" appointment.
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12/01/2021 11:00:50 40 20
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I’m sure temporary workers ( there are millions available to choose from) could be employed JUST as taxi drivers should be used to drive ambulances rather than taking frontline police away from their jobs!
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jch
12/01/2021 11:23:05 30 5
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Don't you need a different licence to drive an ambulance? I assume they are using police drivers, not just bobbies from the beat.
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12/01/2021 11:17:00 20 1
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Royal Mail employed over 50,000 temps to help cope with levels of parcels up by more than double from last year, in my office alone we had an additional 20 hire vans for 2 months to try and cope, in my 20 years iv never seen anything like it. everyone is trying this best
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12/01/2021 11:56:38 1 4
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The NHS has 1000,s of volunteer drivers.
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12/01/2021 12:01:00 3 1
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They were. 36,000 of them over Christmas (normally half that) and it was still not enough!!
469
12/01/2021 12:09:59 0 0
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Ach so.
741
12/01/2021 12:51:51 6 0
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My god you wouldn't want a taxi driver from around here driving an ambulance.
780
12/01/2021 13:21:02 7 1
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Because taxi drivers always take the longest route
12/01/2021 14:17:04 5 0
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My local taxi drivers shouldn't be allowed to drive taxis, never mind letting them drive ambulances...
LH
12/01/2021 14:22:28 1 1
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"frontline police", eh? What those who define a cup of takeaway coffee as a 'picnic'??
Trouble is, too many coppers are young, inexperienced in life, and see the uniform as a means of wielding power!
Remember, a Policeman/woman is ONLY a CIVILIAN in a uniform; NO different from anyone else!!!
12/01/2021 15:23:02 0 0
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needs 4 weeks training at least tolearn the postcodes,
13/01/2021 07:41:51 0 0
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Here here
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MDK
12/01/2021 11:00:51 31 18
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Plenty of Amazon delivery drivers buzzing about, get them on it...
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12/01/2021 11:11:49 18 13
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If you have Amazon delivery drivers the ability to give the vaccine; we’d all be vaccinated within a week.
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12/01/2021 11:14:28 7 3
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No. Let's not. Mr Bezos gets enough (too much) of our business already. Do we really only want one company in the world that provides everything

"I owe my soul to the company store."
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12/01/2021 11:18:02 5 1
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Agreed. And why not order stamps from Amazon for delivery by Amazon next day. Delivery is free if you join Amazon Prime. Add food to your order for even greater convenience.
141
12/01/2021 11:15:04 5 3
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Yes, I love buying from tax dodgers Amazon.

Not.
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12/01/2021 11:22:47 5 2
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Your appointments at 3pm Tuesday.
Come 7pm Monday night. We tried to do your vaccine but couldn't get hold of you.
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12/01/2021 11:23:51 11 1
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Obviously you've never worked in royal mail, Amazon use royal mail because they cannot cope even before the pandemic. Try the job at royal mail. I'd give you a week and you'd change your mind.
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12/01/2021 11:25:52 5 1
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On the Isle of Wight the Royal Mail has the Amazon delivery contract and they are brilliant
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12/01/2021 10:59:30 12 18
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Meanwhile the post office has dramatically increased its prices on January 1st which is a few months ahead of normal price changes. No doubt it will increase them again in march/april. Plus you can no longer buy stamps online and have to go to a post office to do so........worse service for higher costs, no wonder they are losing business hand over fist
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12/01/2021 11:01:16 16 2
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Post Office has nothing to do with Royal Mail
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12/01/2021 11:01:26 549 24
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Posted from Weymouth to Southampton (60 miles) on Saturday, 2nd class. Arrived Monday.

Posted to 30 miles outside Inverness last week, again 2nd class. Arrived 36 hours later (620 mile journey)

Personally I think RM do a very good job, even in these trying times
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12/01/2021 11:27:04 55 189
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Posted 6th December Yorkshire to Hampshire. Arrived 23rd December. Oh and I can list a dozen or so of these.
551
12/01/2021 12:26:52 2 8
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DWP posted letter 31st December, to Southampton, 12th Jan and still waiting for it.
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12/01/2021 12:37:27 3 44
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I hope they get hit with millions of pounds worth of fines - this poor service is detrimental to me personally with the large amounts of mail not being delivered in a reasonable timescale. if you pay for a particular service then you have a legal right to expect that level of service to be maintained
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12/01/2021 12:40:55 5 9
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Posted several parcels from Yorkshire to various places in England on 8th December.

All arrived on 21st, 22nd and 23rd December.

But that was 2nd class.

Meanwhile things ordered via Amazon Prime all delivered here the following day.
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12/01/2021 13:07:51 1 1
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It seems Southampton has issues so was surprised not to see us on the list. I'm still waiting for letters posted before Xmas, inc a vital hospital letter for my husband. I think we've only had one delivery since the week before Christmas. But I can understand the difficulties, and if it wasn't for the hospital letter I wouldn't be worried. You do have to wonder about the vaccination letters.
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cba
12/01/2021 13:47:52 2 7
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Why should covid be affecting royal mail any more than amazon or dpd etc ,they are not failing to give the service people are paying for
So why do some people believe royal mail when they use covid as a reason for poor performance they should be giving refunds if they don,t arrive on time I know amazon do on the rare accasion a delivery is late or fails to arrive
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12/01/2021 14:07:45 0 7
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Sorry Mark, round here we think that the sooner they go out of business the better, our only delivery of the day is never earlier than 4pm, usually between 6 & 7 and the latest has been 8:50. Where do we live? half way between Leicester & Coventry!
kew
12/01/2021 14:18:45 0 4
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posted 24 hr service, arrived 7 days later
12/01/2021 15:10:15 0 4
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Get a weekly subscription box that I pay for, ships Saturday, pre-Covid, always there Monday. Now Wed, Thur, Fri, Saturday who knows. I am still missing last week and this week hasn't arrived either. Going to have to cancel the orders, costing the supplier business, because RM don't bother delivering - and this is is not one of the places listed above.
12/01/2021 20:14:19 0 1
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I was told the cheque was in the post in 1976.... still waiting
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12/01/2021 11:01:33 171 40
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We are in a global pandemic and they complain a parcel is delayed? BOO HOO!
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12/01/2021 11:05:16 89 83
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Are you simple? Try reading the article, it's about Vaccine letters possibly not arriving in time.
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12/01/2021 11:05:18 10 9
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Spot on exo1 , some poor bugger did not get their christmas cards
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12/01/2021 13:55:13 0 1
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My aged dad got a letter last week confirming an appointment at the local hospital in early December!
However the NHS are the dinosaurs of communication - they still use fax machines. Our local NHS rolled out e-mail last year and I sent one about an apointment. The reply showed a path of it being re-directed across 4 desks until it reached the person who was instructed to respond to me - madness.
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12/01/2021 11:01:48 199 4
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My area isn't on that list, but I know the posties are struggling as for the first time in my life, the postman came on a Sunday last week - at 2pm. I asked him (he drinks in my local so I know him fairly well) since when did he deliver on a Sunday and he said they're absolutely effing swamped. Poor guy, 7 days a week isn't good for anyone and he's knocking on now too, 63/64 or so I think he is.
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12/01/2021 11:08:46 34 75
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What’s a “local” ?
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12/01/2021 11:07:35 11 1
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im a postie and in my office there have been some posties along with myself working Sundays for nearly 2 months
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12/01/2021 12:03:15 3 1
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Correct. I work part time for Royal Mail and have been regularly delivering parcels on a Sunday!!!!
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12/01/2021 12:18:09 11 7
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What's a local.....Ask Dominic Cummings
12/01/2021 16:00:26 0 0
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63/64? That's not "knocking on" thank you
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Den
12/01/2021 11:01:51 6 3
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Worrying if vaccine letters are sent via Royal Mail.
Living in Essex we got 6 Christmas cards delivered on Sunday.
That was our first letter delivery since 21st December.
I understand the situation but vaccine and hospital letters are vital deliveries.
12/01/2021 14:21:20 0 2
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The NHS must love RM, they can use it to blame for their incompetence.
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12/01/2021 11:02:11 0 4
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I posted paperwork to CM2 postcode on the 22nd December, still hasn't arrived
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12/01/2021 11:02:15 149 8
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My 5 year old over heard my wife and I discussing this story. He said "don't worry postman pat has a helicopter a plane and a van now so he will sort it". lol welcome to 2021
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12/01/2021 11:14:10 26 6
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That's really sweet, but I'm not sure Fabio Capello needs the money that badly.
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12/01/2021 11:52:51 4 2
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...or you could call in Paw Patrol :)
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12/01/2021 12:03:02 4 3
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Did you not see the one where Pat also had a space shuttle? They even 'Postman Patted' Prof Brian Cox for that episode, and he looked even cuter than in real life (sigh).
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12/01/2021 11:00:39 111 20
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Add this to the RM woes:

‘Simon Thompson, a former Ocado executive who also ran the NHS Test and Trace app, has been named as Royal Mail's new UK boss.’

RM is doomed.

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12/01/2021 12:06:32 0 0
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Thank heaven that his first name isn't 'Dido'.
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12/01/2021 10:59:30 12 18
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Meanwhile the post office has dramatically increased its prices on January 1st which is a few months ahead of normal price changes. No doubt it will increase them again in march/april. Plus you can no longer buy stamps online and have to go to a post office to do so........worse service for higher costs, no wonder they are losing business hand over fist
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12/01/2021 11:02:38 6 1
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It was the Royal Mail which put up their prices. They are a totally separate company from the Post Office.
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12/01/2021 10:59:30 98 13
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Crikey, we are really scraping the barrel of negativity at the moment.

Whatever next?

Answers on a postcard
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12/01/2021 11:02:48 50 22
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dont expect your postcards to be delivered any time soon lol
720
12/01/2021 13:04:42 0 1
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Nothing like repeating the joke.. I got it first time err lol
LH
12/01/2021 14:13:13 1 0
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Well spotted; the irony was intended, we don't need irony spelled out to us!!!! That defeats the object of irony!!
12/01/2021 14:25:52 1 0
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Thank you for the ‘mansplaining’ of an ironic post. We would never have understood it without your contribution.
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12/01/2021 11:02:59 2 8
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I cannot understand why Royal Mail did not take into consideration way back in March that people would start buying more on line causing more parcel deliveries. Where I live we had one letter post last Wednesday and that has been it! Since October it has been hit and miss across all areas of Stevenage!
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12/01/2021 11:13:42 3 1
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They did, they've been hiring new posties/sorters and taking on agency staff (I look on Indeed a lot and have seen hundreds of postie/sorting office vacancies with immediate starts since March or so.)

The problem is, during a pandemic it's pretty dangerous to be handling things folk have licked and put spit all over, unsurprisingly - so they're going down like flies. PPE isn't 100% protective.
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12/01/2021 10:58:24 1 6
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I've had hardly any post in the last 2 months. I'm in Merseyside and the service has gone downhill faster than a slalom skiier.
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12/01/2021 11:03:16 1 4
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Oxfordshire has a problem too. Slight recent improvement but not holding my breath!
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12/01/2021 11:06:41 0 4
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Even though I have a number on my front door, the postman seems to miss it. It's not like it ain't big enough or anything. He constantly takes stuff next door and then I end up going to look for it.
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12/01/2021 11:03:22 353 16
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Royal mail workers are only human, and just as likely to fall ill or have to isolate. post will arrive when it arrives
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12/01/2021 11:09:35 241 19
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I'd say far more likely, handling 100s of items on the daily, only takes one of them to have been licked closed by an asymptomatic Covid positive person and they're stuffed. Parcels that have been handled, people they pass in the street without masks etc.

They're all PPE'd up but that's not infallible. They're heroes in my opinion, doing a great job for not a great wage despite all the moaning.
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12/01/2021 11:10:10 2 20
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They can recruit short term replacements. Did you not know we have a growing unemployment issue
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12/01/2021 11:36:37 23 1
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Royal Mail workers are actually super-human. Have a look at what they have to carry these days as more goods are bought on-line. Our local postman deserves a knighthood at the very least, always pleasant and cheerful. The post men and women are not only there when the weather is good. They deserve plaudits as much as the NHS workers at the coal face.
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12/01/2021 11:44:57 28 1
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As a postie I’m on a few groups for RM employees on social media. I see posts on a daily basis about colleagues all over the country who have died due to this horrendous virus. Posties are not immune to covid! We have been working through all the lockdowns, putting ourselves at increased risk of catching Covid just to be bombarded with complaints about delays from those sitting in safety at home!
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12/01/2021 13:21:11 1 5
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Which is rather a problem when a legal or financial document is legally deemed delivered and a reply is required to be received or an action taken within 7 days of posting. Arriving when it arrives is not sufficient when documents are time critical.
12/01/2021 14:22:32 0 4
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Or are just incompetent
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12/01/2021 11:03:40 20 10
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“Royal Mail what are you going to do about it?” & “Royal Mail need to get a grip”. There’s no excuse to say these things to an organisation that is as affected by this pandemic as anyone else. I can’t imagine in an apocalyptic movie a postie cycling past and whistling as she/he keeps delivering the post whatever is happening around them!
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12/01/2021 11:08:43 11 14
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Given that the entire population is depending upon the Royal Mail to get them their vaccination letter, it seems entirely appropriate that people are asking what they are doing to restore a semblance of a working service.
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Sue
12/01/2021 11:04:07 2 4
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They have failed to include Colchester, I get post once a fortnight!
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12/01/2021 11:04:09 1 5
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Birthday cards & xmas cards I sent before the 'final 1st class postal date for Xmas', 20th Dec, still haven't arrived.
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12/01/2021 11:04:35 2 5
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Order posted (so I am told) on 21st December. As of today still not arrived! Checked order number but not much information available.
Polite version- terrible.
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12/01/2021 11:04:36 5 3
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E4 ain't on the list but I wait weeks for first class post. It's been like that for months.
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12/01/2021 11:01:33 171 40
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We are in a global pandemic and they complain a parcel is delayed? BOO HOO!
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12/01/2021 11:05:16 89 83
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Are you simple? Try reading the article, it's about Vaccine letters possibly not arriving in time.
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12/01/2021 11:12:33 18 9
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Dear TEXFITS, it is good for all to comment. But it is not good to post personal criticisms to some of those who do so.
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12/01/2021 11:15:49 7 2
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If the Covid tests can be carried and sorted by Royal Mail as part of a 'priority' service put in place for the pandemic (including collecting from dedicated priority postboxes seven days a week), then I don't see why the vaccine letters wouldn't also fall within that priority service (though it does rather depend on whether the mail sorters can tell from a glance at the evelope what they are).
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12/01/2021 11:19:31 0 14
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Its a race between the letter arriving and the current vaccine becoming ineffective against the new covid mutation I guess..
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12/01/2021 11:44:28 2 7
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Ah, those vaccine letters so badly written that they're causing stress amongst the isolating 80 year olds who think they must travel for their vaccine!
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12/01/2021 11:34:37 25 2
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I have worked for Royal mail for twenty years and we have a vast experience when it comes to prioritizing certain mail/parcels. We handle all the local election post and general elections and covid19 testing kits. so when it comes to the vaccine letters, they will be prioritized and sent out to the occupants to the best of our ability considering the pandemic. Thanks for your continued support.
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12/01/2021 11:53:37 4 2
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Everyone has multiple means of being contacted. Landlines, mobiles, email. Why are letters being sent? My wife recieved a text about the surgery offering the vaccine soon. She is on a list i guess.
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12/01/2021 12:28:54 3 1
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I don't think the letters are time critical - all they do is tell you when it's your turn to contact the local centre(s) where you might be vaccinated in order to make an appointment - the appointment itself isn't in the letter.
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12/01/2021 12:31:39 3 0
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The article is also about people complaining about delayed mail.
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12/01/2021 12:43:12 3 1
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Are you simple? People are complaining about parcels not being delivered, not invitations, one Labour MP, Wes Streeting says he's concerned about invitations being delayed and you totally believe him! Are you so gullible? In reality invitations are being prioritized. You should try to understand what you read and try to be less of a simpleton ;)
686
12/01/2021 12:56:46 2 0
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Maybe but that isn't the postman's fault. How darebyou criticise these heroes!
790
12/01/2021 13:24:52 1 0
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Yes, the article does have a mention of vaccination letters however this HYS is full of two opposite views: one lot praising the posties for managing as well as they have, the other lot whinging about parcels & Xmas cards being delayed. 50% each.
I (and presumably exo1) are in the former group. If you have missed the presence of the latter then maybe your "simple" comment is misdirected?
832
12/01/2021 13:36:25 1 0
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Texfits - you are the one to look simple, where does it state he is referring to the article ? He clearly is responding to comments from others
833
12/01/2021 13:36:29 1 0
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Vaccine letters won't just be put in a random post box, they will be directly delivered to or collected by RM already part sorted in to postcode districts. This will bypass a lot of the potential for delay.
850
12/01/2021 13:42:24 1 0
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And yet all the pensioners complaining in the thread are moaning about parcels and christmas cards...
884
12/01/2021 13:47:55 0 1
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With a fair degree (but not all) of the population on email now, why can’t the NHS email those with a computer rather than use old fashioned appointment letters. Much quicker and probably much cheaper ?
12/01/2021 15:02:33 1 0
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Problems with deliveries over Christmas had prompted shoppers to complain about parcels not arriving on time.
12/01/2021 16:15:51 0 0
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No it's not
12/01/2021 16:54:40 0 0
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What about texts, emails....? Why not send the vaccine notifications this way?
12/01/2021 19:32:57 0 0
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Then as with passports the DHSC / NHS should use a courier service
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12/01/2021 11:01:33 171 40
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We are in a global pandemic and they complain a parcel is delayed? BOO HOO!
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12/01/2021 11:05:18 10 9
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Spot on exo1 , some poor bugger did not get their christmas cards
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12/01/2021 11:05:35 8 1
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Wonder how many out of the 500,000 have their email address registered with their details ?

Surely some appointments could be sent out this way to relieve the pressure ?

The system already seems to be in place for Flu jabs.
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12/01/2021 13:56:27 1 0
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Exactly my thoughts. All our local go’s do this so elderly are sorted. Send for the key workers for vaccinations in large centres .
32
12/01/2021 11:05:49 5 4
bbc
I only post jigsaws through the Royal Mail, it's the only thing that gets to it's destination as intended.
33
12/01/2021 11:06:01 0 3
bbc
HP16 isn't looking too lively so lord alone knows how day things are getting elsewhere.

We are still receiving pre-Christmas post!
34
12/01/2021 11:06:04 8 14
bbc
That's what privatization gets you, profit before service.
49
12/01/2021 11:08:37 4 3
bbc
Trouble is they are making a loss. Any private non- monopoly would recruit to cover staff shortages, otherwise customers would go to competitors.
The issue is with RM being a monopoly. No harm in making profits.
35
12/01/2021 11:06:36 6 4
bbc
Royal Mail has been advertising for staff for months. At the same time, many people have been complaining that they can't find work. Mmmmm???
36
12/01/2021 11:06:37 22 5
bbc
Royal Mail sorting offices are ideal areas for Covid to spread easily. Can't really see how they can be made totally secure without operating on skeleton staff. I'm still waiting for a Xmas present for my son which was sent by a friend who lives around 100 miles away. It was posted on 15th December. I understand that these places have to stay open but delays and staff shortages are inevitable.
22
12/01/2021 11:03:16 1 4
bbc
Oxfordshire has a problem too. Slight recent improvement but not holding my breath!
37
12/01/2021 11:06:41 0 4
bbc
Even though I have a number on my front door, the postman seems to miss it. It's not like it ain't big enough or anything. He constantly takes stuff next door and then I end up going to look for it.
5
12/01/2021 10:59:30 12 18
bbc
Meanwhile the post office has dramatically increased its prices on January 1st which is a few months ahead of normal price changes. No doubt it will increase them again in march/april. Plus you can no longer buy stamps online and have to go to a post office to do so........worse service for higher costs, no wonder they are losing business hand over fist
38
12/01/2021 11:06:48 3 1
bbc
I’ve been using the online postage “stamp” system recently, for both overseas and UK - and have received a few items that way too. Don’t understand you saying you can’t buy stamps online; unless you’re talking about the gummed version?
39
12/01/2021 11:06:52 7 9
bbc
If you're still paying for a 1st class stamp, then the service needs to be met or concessions made. Every call centre in the country is equally as bad right now - using Covid as an excuse. Our company doesn't have these same issues as we need to go to work to get paid. When people know they will get paid regardless, we end up seeing absenteeism en masse.
82
12/01/2021 11:13:12 3 1
bbc
I see at least your name is correct...
285
12/01/2021 11:27:22 1 2
bbc
You clearly know nothing about Royal Mail's sickness absence criteria.
40
12/01/2021 11:06:52 1 2
bbc
Might be wise to keep your Xmas vouchers close to hand for a while.
4
12/01/2021 10:59:30 98 13
bbc
Crikey, we are really scraping the barrel of negativity at the moment.

Whatever next?

Answers on a postcard
41
12/01/2021 11:07:23 8 1
bbc
Most depressing day of the year coming soon. BBC always have an article on that.
42
12/01/2021 11:07:27 729 27
bbc
Your average postie, on the whole, has kept going through all of this.

They're definitely part of the "Covid heroes". Thank you.
317
12/01/2021 11:45:40 350 24
bbc
Not to mention Amazon, Hermes, Yodel and everyone else who delivers goods to our homes.
Well done to everyone.
727
12/01/2021 12:43:44 10 9
bbc
Why “heroes”? Didn’t they just carry on doing their jobs? Whilst I appreciate that, I don’t think k we need to go too misty-eyed over it.
755
12/01/2021 13:14:37 8 1
bbc
And the binmen - best of the lot in my view.
778
12/01/2021 13:20:56 3 6
bbc
I guess that's an easy thing to say when you haven't been lumbered with a number of posties over the years who open your mail in the hope of stealing like we have isn't it?
800
cba
12/01/2021 13:29:13 3 7
bbc
What do you mean "kept going through this" stop this bull everyone has kept going through this doing the jobs they are paid to do to keep bread on their table not just posties
Virtually every working person in the uk
12/01/2021 15:47:19 4 0
bbc
Agreed!! our postie is brill, always a cheery word if I meet him on his rounds, definitely goes above & beyond - even remembers my name.
43
12/01/2021 11:07:43 6 3
bbc
We are not on the list and are getting deliveries (every other day roughly) but there must have been some big backlog as we are still getting Christmas cards posted locally and post marked 17th Dec. So 3 to 4 weeks late, not a great service.
44
12/01/2021 11:07:51 4 5
bbc
Should have the same postal service throughout the Nation otherwise it's a Postcode lottery.
54
12/01/2021 11:09:13 4 3
bbc
I do apologise.
83
12/01/2021 11:13:12 1 1
bbc
Was that a pun.
45
12/01/2021 11:07:52 1 3
bbc
I can only imagine how bad it must be in these areas. Our postman got Covid on Monday so we had no post until the Saturday. BS9 is not on the list!
113
12/01/2021 11:17:01 0 2
bbc
Our brilliant postie is off sick too :-( (MK not on the list). For most post being a bit late doesn't matter - but vaccine invites and other urgent items being delayed is most unfortunate.
46
12/01/2021 11:08:16 95 24
bbc
Has everyone lost their perspective?? The post is late... big deal. Get over it. First World problems and clearly a slow news day..
149
12/01/2021 11:21:00 29 18
bbc
Thing is people rely more heavily on delivery services during lockdowns. I suspect this is more than just a "First World problem".
226
12/01/2021 11:31:28 4 7
bbc
Billy everyone has a different perspective on things. What's important for some isn't relevant for others, don't be judge and jury
276
12/01/2021 11:39:17 5 7
bbc
"The post is late... big deal."

Well the article does raise some important issues if you read it.

Consider the following:
1. Covid Test result is received late. If it is negative then you could have gone back to work - very important for the NHS if it is there staff.
2. Vaccination letter does not arrive until after your appointment - too late you have missed your appointment.
654
12/01/2021 12:49:28 2 2
bbc
For some people, me included, post is critical so 2 weeks to deliver first class mail is not acceptable even in the current crisis. if they can't provide the service being paid for then don't provide it - go back to basics until you are on top of things!!
LH
12/01/2021 14:16:17 0 0
bbc
Presumably, the "news" was sent by letter through Royal Mail!!!
47
12/01/2021 11:08:21 5 1
bbc
I think it's hit and miss around the whole of London.
12/01/2021 14:18:25 1 1
bbc
Maybe all the servants and workers have returned back up north?
48
12/01/2021 11:08:32 4 6
bbc
How can Widnes be on this list? Is it beyond the Royal Mail to redeploy staff from the dozens of other Cheshire towns that are not on the list?
71
12/01/2021 11:12:05 2 2
bbc
Presumably you think that there are loads of lazy postmen loafing around in the neighbouring areas....do you read the Daily Mail per chance?
79
12/01/2021 11:13:07 3 1
bbc
Frankly, in a Pandemic - Yes!! Would you really want them moving people around at the moment? Think before posting.
34
12/01/2021 11:06:04 8 14
bbc
That's what privatization gets you, profit before service.
49
12/01/2021 11:08:37 4 3
bbc
Trouble is they are making a loss. Any private non- monopoly would recruit to cover staff shortages, otherwise customers would go to competitors.
The issue is with RM being a monopoly. No harm in making profits.
151
12/01/2021 11:21:16 2 1
bbc
The RM is NOT a monopoly. Any company can set up and deliver mail, the problem is that no company will set up because it will lose money. It has been tried. The profit is in bulk mail which is why many companies sort bulk mail and then make the RM deliver it at below cost.
355
12/01/2021 11:51:47 0 2
bbc
If the Post Office is, especially in the current crisis, an essential service which is run at a loss. How is privatization going to get a better level of service, as the only way to make a profit, is by cutting services.
24
12/01/2021 11:03:40 20 10
bbc
“Royal Mail what are you going to do about it?” & “Royal Mail need to get a grip”. There’s no excuse to say these things to an organisation that is as affected by this pandemic as anyone else. I can’t imagine in an apocalyptic movie a postie cycling past and whistling as she/he keeps delivering the post whatever is happening around them!
50
12/01/2021 11:08:43 11 14
bbc
Given that the entire population is depending upon the Royal Mail to get them their vaccination letter, it seems entirely appropriate that people are asking what they are doing to restore a semblance of a working service.
99
12/01/2021 11:15:01 3 2
bbc
The entire nation shouldn't be relying on the Royal Mail for their vaccination letter. There is such a thing as text messages and phone calls. I can understand some of the over 80s not having mobile phones, but not all, and they do have landlines.
358
12/01/2021 11:52:21 3 5
bbc
The entire population is busy applauding a failing universal delivery service.
501
12/01/2021 12:16:34 1 1
bbc
Or ask the NHS why they aren't using the local GP surgeries where many have moved to text messages and the internet?
51
12/01/2021 11:08:43 36 7
bbc
The list is clearly incomplete. No issues with valiant posties who've done well, but the management (as ever) has been woeful. I realize that volumes have gone down as a result of digital technology, but paper post appears to be in a death spiral fostered by myopic management with price increases which will hasten its demise. Expecting a announcement that deliveries will be 5 days a week shortly.
157
12/01/2021 11:21:51 16 3
bbc
“...paper post .. in a death spiral...” Have you not heard about home-based entrepreneurs & small companies using the RM postal service? Or the new “click & we’ll collect” initiative?
14
12/01/2021 11:01:48 199 4
bbc
My area isn't on that list, but I know the posties are struggling as for the first time in my life, the postman came on a Sunday last week - at 2pm. I asked him (he drinks in my local so I know him fairly well) since when did he deliver on a Sunday and he said they're absolutely effing swamped. Poor guy, 7 days a week isn't good for anyone and he's knocking on now too, 63/64 or so I think he is.
52
12/01/2021 11:08:46 34 75
bbc
What’s a “local” ?
118
12/01/2021 11:17:45 21 4
bbc
Erm a licensed premises, also known as a pub..
127
12/01/2021 11:18:48 31 10
bbc
Err, hard to explain ??, it used to be a place where the community would gather and drink alcoholic beverages, chat and sometimes view artists or attend wedding receptions. They're usually like large houses with a pool table or perhaps a dartboard, with benches outside.

You may spot one on your allowed 1 daily walk, they'll be closed, they were blamed for spreading despite contrary evidence.
128
12/01/2021 11:18:58 18 7
bbc
Anywhere within 5 miles from home, but you can't have a take away coffee as this counts as a 'picnic' but you can take a scoth egg as this is a 'substantial meal' not a snack...

Stay at home, follow the rules.
213
12/01/2021 11:30:13 20 3
bbc
Quote from a future history book: “Before the Great Pandemic of 2020, people used to enjoy meeting one another in a place called a ‘Pub’ or a ‘Local’, where alcohol was served in reusable containers made of glass, and small dishes of snacks for sharing were often set on tables.”
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12/01/2021 11:38:18 16 14
bbc
A “local” is an area in which you’re supposed to remain during lockdown - depending on social rank (Derby residents must remain “local” within 5 miles, Prime Ministers are 7 miles plus).

Coffee and scotch eggs are only permitted per regional assessment, full moons or the colour of your underpants.
378
12/01/2021 11:54:47 5 3
bbc
pub
429
12/01/2021 12:03:45 3 2
bbc
A place where you buy coffee for your safari.
665
12/01/2021 12:51:22 1 2
bbc
probably closer than 7 miles or barnyard castle good enough for you!
972
12/01/2021 14:05:56 1 1
bbc
A distant memory.
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LH
12/01/2021 14:06:50 0 1
bbc
It's "seven miles from home (No. 10)", I think! Certainly, within a short cycle ride!!!
53
12/01/2021 11:09:11 3 7
bbc
Maybe they should use another private company to deliver the letters in those regions then? Why do RM have the monopoly still years after becoming private?
62
12/01/2021 11:10:48 5 2
bbc
Royal Mail is a private company...
63
12/01/2021 11:11:10 1 1
bbc
That wasn't meant as a dig at posties btw! Just that if there known delays with one company use another to get these vaccine letters out
66
12/01/2021 11:11:43 3 1
bbc
Feel free if you have their massive infrastructure,
106
12/01/2021 11:15:45 2 2
bbc
They DO NOT but other companies can not make a profit from doing deliveries of letters.
44
12/01/2021 11:07:51 4 5
bbc
Should have the same postal service throughout the Nation otherwise it's a Postcode lottery.
54
12/01/2021 11:09:13 4 3
bbc
I do apologise.
55
12/01/2021 11:09:19 265 14
bbc
Don't blame the Posties. They are legends for keeping going this last year.

Ours is awesome. He saw me walking the dog after trying to deliver a parcel (he was in the van heading off to his next round). He came back 15 minutes later with the delivery. Told me to stay safe as well.

Perhaps Royal Mail need to recruit more people into the sorting offices and depots to keep up with demand.
65
12/01/2021 11:11:22 62 7
bbc
They can't at the moment - Covid social distancing etc....
85
12/01/2021 11:13:31 4 1
bbc
In Portugal the post is very bad. It takes 3/4 weeks to get letters from UK. Packets take 5 weeks. A letter from Lisbon to the Algarve took 12 days. Most xmas cards from the UK arrived after xmas. Many were posted on the 3rd and 4th of Dec.
596
12/01/2021 12:37:54 5 0
bbc
My postie did the exact same thing. That's why I always give him a bottle of good wine each Christmas as a small thankyou...
12/01/2021 15:29:10 3 0
bbc
Every new person needs training and equipment and a van to themselves and space to park that van... logistics involved.
12/01/2021 16:58:43 0 0
bbc
I gather they are splitting the sorting office area into 2 shifts to help with social distancing so that means it takes twice as long for the post to be sorted. Then you have people off with covid and all the normal sickness, add in the usual extra Christmas stuff and people ordering more online it's amazing anything gets through.
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12/01/2021 11:03:22 353 16
bbc
Royal mail workers are only human, and just as likely to fall ill or have to isolate. post will arrive when it arrives
56
12/01/2021 11:09:35 241 19
bbc
I'd say far more likely, handling 100s of items on the daily, only takes one of them to have been licked closed by an asymptomatic Covid positive person and they're stuffed. Parcels that have been handled, people they pass in the street without masks etc.

They're all PPE'd up but that's not infallible. They're heroes in my opinion, doing a great job for not a great wage despite all the moaning.
492
12/01/2021 12:13:51 1 0
bbc
We are told that any Covid virus which gets onto paper will not survive beyond 72 hours. For letters, best use a letter opener, or cut the envelope across the bottom with scissors.
710
12/01/2021 13:01:11 7 5
bbc
Unless the postal workers are trying to sniff the letters or are licking the post itself a pair of gloves will protect them adequately. Enough of the hyperbole, the world doesn't need it
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LH
12/01/2021 14:02:52 1 6
bbc
"not a great wage"? You've git to be kidding! The Unions have seen they are handsomely paid!!!
57
12/01/2021 11:10:08 16 3
bbc
Total respect for the posties on the street doing a tough job, but the whole service is creaky. Many post offices are unhelpful and unfriendly - if you manage to get to one now so many are closed. I only send using signed-for post now as anything else is too unreliable, and the prices keep jumping up.
Nice one, privatisation.
23
12/01/2021 11:03:22 353 16
bbc
Royal mail workers are only human, and just as likely to fall ill or have to isolate. post will arrive when it arrives
58
12/01/2021 11:10:10 2 20
bbc
They can recruit short term replacements. Did you not know we have a growing unemployment issue
320
12/01/2021 11:46:04 19 1
bbc
Vetting takes 4-6 weeks. It’s not just a matter of giving someone some Mail and sending them out to deliver, they need full security clearance
59
12/01/2021 11:10:38 7 3
bbc
Their list is pure fantasy trying to make out that things are not that bad. There are areas not on the list that are still only just receiving Xmas cards now. Perhaps their criteria for this list is “if you have had one delivery in 2021, the service is normal, so you are not on it”
887
12/01/2021 13:49:39 1 2
bbc
Given we are in the era of the new Black-Death with it supposedly so deadly we are under a totalitarian regime of house arrests and curfews, I'm amazed they are even working.
60
Jez
12/01/2021 11:10:43 7 8
bbc
Had a Christmas Card sent from Kettering postmarked 2nd Dec arrive on 28th Dec in Northampton. Averaged about 0.4 miles a day. At that rate it probably would have been quicker pinned to the back of a Hedgehog,
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12/01/2021 11:10:46 58 3
bbc
It's took a long time for this story to break. Back in November. Our sorting office staff and post personal. Had a major outbreak. Post disruption for over 2 weeks. This is not news. It's inevitable.
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12/01/2021 11:23:56 21 3
bbc
Yes Royal Mail post these updates every day on their website. In East London we had no post for over a month in November due to delivery office having to shut to be cleaned and almost everyone off sick with Covid. Even local news didn’t cover it. Only way to get information was via local neighbourhood sites online, felt very sorry for people without access to that information.
417
12/01/2021 12:01:43 1 2
bbc
I didn't notice the BBC headline 'Royal Mail mourns thousands of workers lost to Coivd' - or did they recover?
53
12/01/2021 11:09:11 3 7
bbc
Maybe they should use another private company to deliver the letters in those regions then? Why do RM have the monopoly still years after becoming private?
62
12/01/2021 11:10:48 5 2
bbc
Royal Mail is a private company...
70
12/01/2021 11:11:55 1 1
bbc
Yes, that was my point, as I said
53
12/01/2021 11:09:11 3 7
bbc
Maybe they should use another private company to deliver the letters in those regions then? Why do RM have the monopoly still years after becoming private?
63
12/01/2021 11:11:10 1 1
bbc
That wasn't meant as a dig at posties btw! Just that if there known delays with one company use another to get these vaccine letters out
64
12/01/2021 11:11:20 11 1
bbc
My post is arriving OK.

Another Coding Notice from HMRC and a load of junk mail.

Happy days.
117
12/01/2021 11:17:19 9 1
bbc
I agree the last thing we need is a load of irrelevant dross coming in the post, add to this the Royal Mail being stretched due to covid.
All junk mail should be suspended until the backlog os cleared.
All of our junk mail goes from the letterbox straight to the recycle bin, waste of paper, printing and postage.
489
12/01/2021 12:13:11 0 2
bbc
I wouldn't trust anything that appears on an HMRC coding notice, particularly the bit that says it is designed to help you pay the correct amount of tax.
12/01/2021 22:24:35 0 0
bbc
If you do not want the junk mail there is a way of stopping it.
55
12/01/2021 11:09:19 265 14
bbc
Don't blame the Posties. They are legends for keeping going this last year.

Ours is awesome. He saw me walking the dog after trying to deliver a parcel (he was in the van heading off to his next round). He came back 15 minutes later with the delivery. Told me to stay safe as well.

Perhaps Royal Mail need to recruit more people into the sorting offices and depots to keep up with demand.
65
12/01/2021 11:11:22 62 7
bbc
They can't at the moment - Covid social distancing etc....
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xlr
12/01/2021 11:27:12 4 3
bbc
Indeed. There's hordes of people sitting unemployed who'd jump at the chance, but there's only so many people who can be taken on.
12/01/2021 19:38:24 1 0
bbc
There isn't any social distancing in the hubs.
53
12/01/2021 11:09:11 3 7
bbc
Maybe they should use another private company to deliver the letters in those regions then? Why do RM have the monopoly still years after becoming private?
66
12/01/2021 11:11:43 3 1
bbc
Feel free if you have their massive infrastructure,
67
12/01/2021 11:11:44 12 4
bbc
Our area not on that list but the local posties have been struggling for over a month now. At one point down to 5 from a workforce of 20 so not surprising that we've had delays of 3 weeks or more.

*Nobody is blaming the posties*. It's the Post Office for its steadfast refusal to take on temporary staff (that costs money) and who is now downplaying the extent of the problem.
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12/01/2021 11:20:29 5 1
bbc
The problem is that hiring temporary RM staff is far from straight forward. Because it's a royally mandated service, everyone in the network needs to be vetted and security checked and that costs money and takes weeks even under normal circumstances. They budget for thousands of additional temps every Autumn but then rely on the other 9 months to pick up the shortfall.
199
12/01/2021 11:27:19 1 1
bbc
Royal Mail have taken on record numbers of temporary workers across the company in the last few months. The Post Office operates the retail counters only, and has bog all to do any possible lack of staff in the mailcentres and delivery offices.
511
12/01/2021 12:18:36 0 0
bbc
Do you know how much red tape is required to recruit a postie? By the time the checks are complete assuming covid didn't kill all their staff (& the BBC would have been onto that like a vulture) they'd have recovered and returned to work.
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MDK
12/01/2021 11:00:51 31 18
bbc
Plenty of Amazon delivery drivers buzzing about, get them on it...
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12/01/2021 11:11:49 18 13
bbc
If you have Amazon delivery drivers the ability to give the vaccine; we’d all be vaccinated within a week.
114
12/01/2021 11:17:15 13 2
bbc
If you like being vaccinated by a spear from 100yds away... if I'm not home, can my neighbour have it instead???
135
12/01/2021 11:19:36 0 2
bbc
Great idea.
201
12/01/2021 11:27:42 0 6
bbc
No thank you. Ours doesn't speak or understand English
69
12/01/2021 11:11:52 9 3
bbc
Poor management in some areas. It has always been the problem.
80
12/01/2021 11:13:07 1 1
bbc
Certainly is in our depot. Manager is sorting, packing and delivering ?! That’s nonsense.
97
12/01/2021 11:14:57 1 1
bbc
Pandemic might have something to do with it, what do you think??
62
12/01/2021 11:10:48 5 2
bbc
Royal Mail is a private company...
70
12/01/2021 11:11:55 1 1
bbc
Yes, that was my point, as I said
48
12/01/2021 11:08:32 4 6
bbc
How can Widnes be on this list? Is it beyond the Royal Mail to redeploy staff from the dozens of other Cheshire towns that are not on the list?
71
12/01/2021 11:12:05 2 2
bbc
Presumably you think that there are loads of lazy postmen loafing around in the neighbouring areas....do you read the Daily Mail per chance?
119
12/01/2021 11:17:58 0 2
bbc
You presume wrong! I am suggesting that managing manpower would surely sort this out. I worked in the sorting office for a Chrismas about eight years ago and it was very hard graft. Do you read the Socialist Worker perchance (not per chance!).
72
12/01/2021 11:12:26 3 2
bbc
BN5 post is also heavily delayed, 1st class 5 days, lucky to get more tan one delivery a week.

If we are not on the list, I assume those actually listed must be even more worse off.

Suggestion: Lots of people have lost their jobs, why not recruit some folks who'd love to get some dosh while getting some exercise?
254
12/01/2021 11:37:09 4 1
bbc
Sounds simple but in reality it isn’t. First of all you need to recruit so and advert is placed. People apply and then have to pass an online test before they go to the next stage. Then interviews take place and you are offered the job. Then the hard work happens! Vetting! When I joined RM it took 8 weeks from job offer to passing vetting
29
12/01/2021 11:05:16 89 83
bbc
Are you simple? Try reading the article, it's about Vaccine letters possibly not arriving in time.
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12/01/2021 11:12:33 18 9
bbc
Dear TEXFITS, it is good for all to comment. But it is not good to post personal criticisms to some of those who do so.
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12/01/2021 11:26:13 3 12
bbc
Dear Pictor comments are about the article so i don't see your point. Also the comment from exo1 is dismissive and not helpful to anyone, it's just an angry voice
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12/01/2021 11:12:34 2 3
bbc
My London area is not on list but still waiting for a signed for letter posted on 29th December , also had no post at all since last Tuesday.
75
12/01/2021 10:58:33 2 1
bbc
What a tragedy.
76
12/01/2021 10:59:15 1 1
bbc
Looks like an english problem
169
12/01/2021 11:23:36 0 2
bbc
Not so. The post we received from Scotland before Christmas, was date stamped a week after it was posted in the post box by MIL. Something odd going on up there.
77
12/01/2021 10:59:51 4 3
bbc
Marginally irritating for the people who use Royal Mail, but how is this news? Yes people are suffering from Covid, the general public understand this. The BBC should not be being used for a private company to advertise its delays.
78
12/01/2021 11:00:27 8 5
bbc
Yep, I can confirm that Enfield has really screwed up the post. To my certain knowledge I've seen at least two incredible delays on my letters and packages.

However, some of the postmen I've spoken to get the strong impression that a fair number of Royal Mail staff are milking this virus for all it's worth and pulling sickies.
48
12/01/2021 11:08:32 4 6
bbc
How can Widnes be on this list? Is it beyond the Royal Mail to redeploy staff from the dozens of other Cheshire towns that are not on the list?
79
12/01/2021 11:13:07 3 1
bbc
Frankly, in a Pandemic - Yes!! Would you really want them moving people around at the moment? Think before posting.
180
12/01/2021 11:24:45 0 2
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You're assuming the posties all live in Widnes. Runcorn is just the other side of the Mersey bridge which isn't a million miles away - it's one mile! Check you're geography before posting.
69
12/01/2021 11:11:52 9 3
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Poor management in some areas. It has always been the problem.
80
12/01/2021 11:13:07 1 1
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Certainly is in our depot. Manager is sorting, packing and delivering ?! That’s nonsense.
885
12/01/2021 13:48:09 1 0
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You can't complain that he has no idea of what the job entails then.
81
12/01/2021 11:13:10 74 22
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Ah good old privatisation. Cut everything to the bone to maximise profits, heap loads of pressure on the staff that haven’t been made redundant and then act all surprised and apologetic when it all goes down the chute
98
12/01/2021 11:14:59 10 21
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and I thought it was BREXIT
137
12/01/2021 11:14:20 10 2
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Do you not think that the current Pandemic had anything to do with it?
925
12/01/2021 13:55:13 4 0
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Privatisation of the mail was a bad idea, not because privatisation is bad, but because the PO doesn't have a future. Fewer letters are posted each year and other companies deliver parcels better and cheaper and have their own time-convenient delivery and drop off points. PO just gives me red cards to go and collect parcels I missed!
The PO will be reduced to being a local bank for the elderly.
LH
12/01/2021 14:19:18 2 0
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As if ALL Public companies are efficient and work within budget!
12/01/2021 17:12:23 2 0
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Perhaps you don’t remember what it was like with the ‘everybody out’ trade unions? That said, I disagreed with the privatisation of Royal Mail.
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12/01/2021 11:06:52 7 9
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If you're still paying for a 1st class stamp, then the service needs to be met or concessions made. Every call centre in the country is equally as bad right now - using Covid as an excuse. Our company doesn't have these same issues as we need to go to work to get paid. When people know they will get paid regardless, we end up seeing absenteeism en masse.
82
12/01/2021 11:13:12 3 1
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I see at least your name is correct...
44
12/01/2021 11:07:51 4 5
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Should have the same postal service throughout the Nation otherwise it's a Postcode lottery.
83
12/01/2021 11:13:12 1 1
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Was that a pun.
84
12/01/2021 11:13:21 9 2
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can I ask do most of you agree that thew NHS relies on the postal service too much and such unnecessary expense? It doesn't use e mail and text enough.
People are naturally worried that their NHS letter calling them for the Jab will not arrive and there appears to be no alternative way of finding out about your appointment.
156
12/01/2021 11:21:51 2 1
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Except there is an NHS app where you can look up your hospital appointments. Maybe the community vaccination people should tap into that.
177
12/01/2021 11:24:27 1 1
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Yes amazing how the rich UK still spends time and money printing off letters putting them in envelopes paying for postage ,YET one of the poorest countries in Europe stopped that years ago ,and send emails and texts from the same type of computers NO postage NO Paper NO Envelopes saves thousands each year , they even send you you lab results ,Blood tests etc , within hours of doing them .
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12/01/2021 11:09:19 265 14
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Don't blame the Posties. They are legends for keeping going this last year.

Ours is awesome. He saw me walking the dog after trying to deliver a parcel (he was in the van heading off to his next round). He came back 15 minutes later with the delivery. Told me to stay safe as well.

Perhaps Royal Mail need to recruit more people into the sorting offices and depots to keep up with demand.
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12/01/2021 11:13:31 4 1
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In Portugal the post is very bad. It takes 3/4 weeks to get letters from UK. Packets take 5 weeks. A letter from Lisbon to the Algarve took 12 days. Most xmas cards from the UK arrived after xmas. Many were posted on the 3rd and 4th of Dec.
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12/01/2021 11:13:39 8 2
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No surprise. I Worked at the Royal Mail over Christmas and most workers did not care about covid. Half didn't wear masks and there was little social distancing. We had rules but most didn't follow them and the managers did nothing to police them.
795
12/01/2021 13:12:49 3 0
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Virtually no room to social distance in some RM offices
872
12/01/2021 13:47:19 1 1
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and have they all died since then? They should have done by now if this is the new black-death as described by HMG & the MSM, including the BBC.
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12/01/2021 11:13:41 533 14
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As a postie myself I'd just like to say that we're trying our best in these difficult times. There are numerous factors in delays due to the pandemic. For one we follow 1 way systems in mail centres which adds time to processing mail. Secondly not just due to covid but other illnesses this time of the year are contributing to alot of posties being on sick and some mail centres being understaffed.
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12/01/2021 11:18:21 245 17
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Well done and keep going. Matt S and the other whingers should perhapps apply for a job at their local sorting office.
167
12/01/2021 11:23:18 28 3
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Stellar job sir. Ignore the bigotry.
299
12/01/2021 11:42:48 16 4
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Posties themselves are doing a good job in the circumstances - RM on the other hand...!
459
12/01/2021 12:09:00 16 1
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Speaking as an ex postie now medically retired, the postal service is at the mercy of the pandemic like everything else. Moaning something takes a few days longer is a tad bizarre. If it's weeks then fair enough.
499
12/01/2021 12:15:40 12 1
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Hopefully your new boss will get to grips with the 21st century and improve systems within the RM - thus improving service to the customer. Fingers crossed he won't be a stay at home boss like his predecessor
620
12/01/2021 12:44:03 7 21
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Are you seriously telling me that just because you have a new one way system in place first class mail now takes in excess of 2 weeks to arrive?? Get real!! I can appreciate that mail might take 2-3 days instead of 1-2 days but i am talking 2 weeks late consistently and that is not acceptable. There are some bad postal workers out there too giving you a bad reputation
632
12/01/2021 12:45:30 1 22
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Not good enough, hope they cut pay & conditions
895
12/01/2021 13:50:26 6 0
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Thank you all royal mail staff x
12/01/2021 14:13:54 5 0
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Thank you for doing what you are doing.
12/01/2021 14:35:11 4 3
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Anybody who complains about a small delay in receiving should have their address blacklisted, then they will have something to complain about!
12/01/2021 14:53:39 5 0
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And it is appreciated. We send out books and we're doing our own deliveries locally to lighten Royal Mail's load. When I do post them, I send an email out to recipients to explain why there may be delays. Most people understand - at least I hope they do. Could I remind people to sanitise their doorbells and letterboxes?
12/01/2021 18:47:48 0 3
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Well you’re getting paid for it and you’ve got a job so just get on with it I guess like everyone else has to.
13/01/2021 15:15:40 0 0
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I don't think anyone has a beef with the guys and girls out in all weathers making sure the post is delivered. It is Royal Mail management with their lack of resilience planning to blame for this! On top of this - they have put up the prices for a degraded service! At least the railways have deferred their fare increase until later in the year!
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12/01/2021 11:02:59 2 8
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I cannot understand why Royal Mail did not take into consideration way back in March that people would start buying more on line causing more parcel deliveries. Where I live we had one letter post last Wednesday and that has been it! Since October it has been hit and miss across all areas of Stevenage!
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12/01/2021 11:13:42 3 1
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They did, they've been hiring new posties/sorters and taking on agency staff (I look on Indeed a lot and have seen hundreds of postie/sorting office vacancies with immediate starts since March or so.)

The problem is, during a pandemic it's pretty dangerous to be handling things folk have licked and put spit all over, unsurprisingly - so they're going down like flies. PPE isn't 100% protective.
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12/01/2021 11:13:47 106 5
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Not sure if a positive message is allowed but my area has apparently lost one third of staff and is not listed here so I just want to thank all the staff that are trying their best.
427
12/01/2021 12:03:25 12 36
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How come the BBC hasn't reported on that, the headline '33% of Royal Mail Staff killed by Covid' is one they wouldn't miss surely?
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12/01/2021 11:13:52 121 12
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Perhaps think of how YOU might help protect these essential workers, instead of blaming & complaining. If you can, leave your gate propped open so they have one fewer thing to touch; bleach-wipe your letterbox and doorbell / knocker every day, and if you see your local postie give her/ him a friendly wave and a smile.
Remember what happens to services like NHS when we take them for granted
353
12/01/2021 11:51:10 21 4
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I think if every postie was named Pat and owned a black and white cat it would be hard for anyone to stay angry
412
12/01/2021 12:00:34 2 3
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The NHS is supposed to save us, not kill us to save itself, the 'few weeks to flatten the curve & save the NHS' 10 months ago killed 72,000+ more people than the (admittedly low) 5 year average.
498
12/01/2021 12:15:26 3 0
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There should an 'opt out' option. Id happily get by with one delivery a week if it took the strain off.
643
12/01/2021 12:48:00 3 0
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Well said Minnielj, good advice instead of negative whining that's what we want.
LH
12/01/2021 14:12:04 1 0
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Or, just let the Postie wear latex gloves!
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12/01/2021 11:02:15 149 8
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My 5 year old over heard my wife and I discussing this story. He said "don't worry postman pat has a helicopter a plane and a van now so he will sort it". lol welcome to 2021
91
12/01/2021 11:14:10 26 6
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That's really sweet, but I'm not sure Fabio Capello needs the money that badly.
371
12/01/2021 11:53:57 0 3
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Who?
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Leo
12/01/2021 11:14:15 0 2
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If the delivery of vaccines is seen as an essential service (and it should be) then it's down to govt, not private enterprise, to sort this out. Maybe temporarily drafting in some extra workforce from the armed services could be done to alleviate the postal workforce shortfall?
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Leo
12/01/2021 11:21:29 0 2
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Please ignore my comment above. I'm having a bad day (one of many in these trying times) and had a brain fart when reading the article.
93
12/01/2021 11:14:23 1 10
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Why on earth would any company or organisation use “snail mail” in 2022.
Surely the majority have email addresses now?
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Leo
12/01/2021 11:16:32 0 2
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If you want to try receiving your dose of vaccine via email be my guest.
125
12/01/2021 11:18:18 1 1
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Last time I checked you couldn't send parcels via email!
132
12/01/2021 11:19:18 1 1
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very difficult to send parcels via email..............
147
12/01/2021 11:20:42 1 1
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I think you'd find that the percentage of people with email addresses was very heavily tied to age, with very young people almost certainly having an email address, those in the middle probably, but not certainly, having one, and those in their pensionable years being rather more likely to not have one. In any case there are certain things that just have to be physically posted.
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12/01/2021 11:17:28 2 1
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i have tried sending parcels by email.didnt work.maybe i am just not techie enough.not just letters delayed.
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MDK
12/01/2021 11:00:51 31 18
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Plenty of Amazon delivery drivers buzzing about, get them on it...
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12/01/2021 11:14:28 7 3
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No. Let's not. Mr Bezos gets enough (too much) of our business already. Do we really only want one company in the world that provides everything

"I owe my soul to the company store."
440
12/01/2021 12:04:56 2 1
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We could offer it to him on condition that he stops censoring views he doesn't agree with.
95
12/01/2021 11:14:31 8 7
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Cost increases and service gets worse, covid is an easy excuse for poor performance
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12/01/2021 11:25:34 2 1
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At least they are trying unlike several Government Agencies who have not been able to improve services since March
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12/01/2021 11:14:33 8 3
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As a RM employee I can assure you that just like everywhere else in the country RM staff are flouting the company and national rules on wearing masks and keeping a safe distance apart from each other, I'm surprised entire offices haven't had to close due to a Covid outbreak.
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12/01/2021 11:32:49 3 1
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One of our delivery offices had to close temporarily for a day for a deep clean for this reason, though how you can possibly deep clean a delivery office that's chock full of mail, any one item of which could be contaminated with the virus, I'm not sure.
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12/01/2021 13:45:30 0 2
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I'm not surprised as I've been following the data. I'm amazed at the vast majority of Government decisions for a peculiar flu that is deadly to the old and sick, and if it had appeared with exactly the same R rate, IFR, CFR and mortality in the mid 2000's we would not have seen a fraction of the 'excess' mortality which is more a feature of the low 5 year average mortality than anything else.
69
12/01/2021 11:11:52 9 3
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Poor management in some areas. It has always been the problem.
97
12/01/2021 11:14:57 1 1
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Pandemic might have something to do with it, what do you think??
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12/01/2021 11:13:10 74 22
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Ah good old privatisation. Cut everything to the bone to maximise profits, heap loads of pressure on the staff that haven’t been made redundant and then act all surprised and apologetic when it all goes down the chute
98
12/01/2021 11:14:59 10 21
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and I thought it was BREXIT
399
12/01/2021 11:58:23 6 9
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As you mention the B word the totally non-existent £350 million a week into the NHS that B***** was guaranteed to give the NHS might have been helpful regarding vaccine distribution.
711
12/01/2021 13:01:59 1 0
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Ha ha, I'm afraid not, although if you're posting cod to friends in Germany there might be a bit of a delay
751
12/01/2021 13:13:17 5 1
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No you didn't, you are still trying to make a point from the distant past. Brexit has no effect at all in the UK's internal mail system and you should know that.
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12/01/2021 11:08:43 11 14
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Given that the entire population is depending upon the Royal Mail to get them their vaccination letter, it seems entirely appropriate that people are asking what they are doing to restore a semblance of a working service.
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12/01/2021 11:15:01 3 2
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The entire nation shouldn't be relying on the Royal Mail for their vaccination letter. There is such a thing as text messages and phone calls. I can understand some of the over 80s not having mobile phones, but not all, and they do have landlines.
12/01/2021 17:58:58 0 0
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If people were not constantly ordering clothes from M@S then I'd have time to deliver all my letters .
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12/01/2021 10:59:30 12 18
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Meanwhile the post office has dramatically increased its prices on January 1st which is a few months ahead of normal price changes. No doubt it will increase them again in march/april. Plus you can no longer buy stamps online and have to go to a post office to do so........worse service for higher costs, no wonder they are losing business hand over fist
100
12/01/2021 11:02:55 5 1
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This is why you are prevented from using sharp scissors