Residents across South Holland face post delays on the run-up to Christmas after union bosses confirmed the first national postal strike in almost four years.
On Monday, November 4, a 24-hour stoppage is being planned by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) amid a bitter row with Royal Mail over pay and pensions.
Around 115,000 CWU members at Royal Mail and Parcelforce returned a 4-1 vote in favour of industrial action, despite a windfall under the flotation that left many full-time staff sitting on paper earnings worth £3,545.
If the dispute is left unresolved, more strikes could disrupt the busy Christmas delivery season.
Rumours of a strike in South Holland were revealed earlier in the month after a Spalding Guardian reader complained that birthday cards were delivered a week late. But the district’s postmen were still given a lot of support. Reader Brian Inglis said: “My postman is always polite despite my dogs trying to eat him. I’m very happy with delivery times.”