The Royal Mailed fist

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Stephen Hay­ward

ROYAL Mail is ac­cused of cyn­i­cally un­der­cut­ting strug­gling post of­fices by of­fer­ing cut-price deals to their busi­ness clients.

One sub-post­mas­ter said: “Royal Mail of­fered my cus­tomers half price postage and to pick up their parcels. How is the post of­fice to com­pete?”

Thou­sands of small out­lets are in trou­ble, hit by Govern­ment cuts and fall­ing busi­ness. Branches are down from 19,000 to 11,600.

Royal Mail, sold off five years ago, is sep­a­rate from state-owned post of­fices.

Mark Baker, of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Work­ers’ Union, says Royal Mail’s “cyn­i­cal” moves are cost­ing post of­fices vi­tal busi­ness.

Royal Mail in­sisted: “We do not en­cour­age cus­tomers to switch to Royal Mail ac­count ser­vices.”

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