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The Independent - United Kingdom | 10/10/2007

Major Postal Strike in UK hastens the end of the old fashioned letter

"[UK] postal workers are in the midst of their second strike this month as part of the most serious industrial action to hit the mail industry in 20 years", notes Michael Savage."The dispute is over pay, job cuts and pensions. Last week's walkout was over modernisation plans which the CWU [Communication Workers' Union] claims will lead to the loss of around 40,000 jobs from the mail service. ... Could this dispute hasten the end of the letter? It's certainly a possibility. The addressed letter market is shrinking in the UK as people turn to more instant electronic forms of communication, such as email and text. The number of items sent in the UK shrank by 1.6 per cent last year. As more and more people in business purchase devices that can receive emails on the go, this trend will continue. The current wave of industrial action will only serve to hasten the change as businesses are forced to consider alternatives to Royal Mail."

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