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BRIGHT red pillar boxes punctuating the British landscape; fleets of vans traversing its highways and byways: exam results, birthday cards and dreaded bills - these are the traditional hallmarks of the British postal service.
WHEN Moya Greene first walked through the doors of Royal Mail's impressive headquarters near London's Blackfriars Bridge last summer, she knew she would have to make some radical and difficult changes.
MORE job losses are on the way at Royal Mail as the beleaguered service yesterday posted a £120 million loss in its letters and parcels business.
UNION leaders have threatened a national strike among postal workers after reports that the Royal Mail is planning to cut 40,000 jobs, one in four of its workforce in the next five years.
Hundreds of engineers who maintain lifts and other equipment in Royal Mail offices have voted to go on strike in a row over tracking devices used to monitor their movements.
MINISTERS have outlined safeguards they hope will ensure the long-term future of the Royal Mail and Post Office branches.
Royal Mail is planning to axe 1,700 jobs, including 1,000 managers, and close two mail centres under plans announced last night.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said turnout in the ballot of its 4,000 members at the so-called Crown offices was 66 per cent, reflecting the strength of anger among staff.
THE government has announced that it is to strip post offices of the contract for handing out giro cheques and has instead awarded the £20 million a year contract to Citibank.
BUSINESS leaders and politicians have criticised Royal Mail for introducing a policy that will see customers charged more than £200 to collect their own parcels.
Hundreds of postal workers are staging a protest against the Government's controversial plans to privatise the Royal Mail.
The privatisation of the Royal Mail moved a step closer last night as legislation allowing the business to be sold off cleared the Commons.
Two hundred Royal Mail managers and postmen were drafted in to deliver mail in Scotland yesterday in an attempt to tackle the disruption caused by recent severe weather.
The Queen's head will remain on stamps regardless of who buys the Royal Mail after privatisation, the government has announced.
AROUND 2.5 million letters and parcels have been left stuck in Edinburgh's main sorting office as posties struggle to clear a backlog of Christmas mail, it emerged today.
THE Royal Mail paid out £800,000 in compensation to more than 30,000 people in Scotland over the last year for failing to deliver the post properly.
THE Royal Mail has been forced to pay out almost £1 million in compensation to Scottish customers - including £150,000 in Edinburgh - in one year, as complaints rose to more than 230 every day.
THE government should introduce safeguards to protect post offices before privatising Royal Mail, a Commons committee has claimed.