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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by harlequ1n » Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:11 pm

I just learnt that Royal Mail is/was on strike (as I told David, I didn't even know you guys went on strikes there in the UK, let alone a governmental office!) so I'm kinda worried I won't be getting my issue this month :(
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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by hydr0x » Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:38 pm

harlequ1n wrote:I just learnt that Royal Mail is on strike (as I told David, I didn't even know you guys went to strikes there in the UK, let alone a governmental office!) so I'm kinda worried I won't be getting my issue this month :(
Uh, lets hope the international issues got out already ;)
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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by thevulture » Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:57 pm

Was a 3-day strike, spread over several areas`s:

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* Postal service

Postal workers to strike over pay and jobs

Up to 25,000 set to take part in action that threatens the biggest disruption to Royal Mail deliveries in two years

Thousands of postal staff across Britain are to launch a series of strikes in an escalating dispute over pay and jobs tomorrow, threatening the biggest disruption to Royal Mail deliveries in two years.

Up to 25,000 postal workers are to take part in the action that will run until Monday, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said. The strikes will be the biggest since a national stoppage in 2007, and will affect several major towns and cities including London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol and Ipswich.

Workers are protesting against "panic-driven" cuts being made at Royal Mail to pay, jobs and services, the union said.

Royal Mail condemned the action, which it said would damage customer confidence and "undermine the entire UK postal industry", at a time when mail volumes are falling by nearly 10% year-on-year. The company disputed the number of people who will be involved in the strikes, putting it at 12,000. Unite responded there are nearly 12,000 workers involved in strikes in London alone and the total would be no less than 20,000.

The union's executive will hold a national ballot of its 160,000 postal members next month, which could lead to nationwide strikes in the autumn. The result of the ballot should be known the week before the Labour party conference.

Strikes have already hit several areas of the country in recent weeks, including London and Scotland.

The action is now spreading and will for the first time involve drivers of Royal Mail lorries.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, accused Royal Mail of imposing changes on staff and said the cuts were hitting postal services. The company has accused the union of reneging on a modernisation deal that ended the 2007 strike.

Ward said: "Postal workers are sick and tired of an incompetent management running their business into the ground. Workers are busier than ever and being treated badly. The current round of cuts in jobs and services is unacceptable.

"Royal Mail agreed in 2007 to work with the union on implementing modernisation. Despite explicit commitments to negotiate, they are reneging on that agreement and imposing panic-driven cuts to jobs and services. This is downsizing, not modernisation."

In response, Paul Tolhurst, Royal Mail's operations director, said: "The CWU is again saying one thing and doing another; publicly they say they want modernisation yet they write regularly to members saying union policy is to oppose change on the ground. They agreed with us only last week a timetable for further talks on change, yet they now announce a national strike ballot. Their behaviour beggars belief."

A CWU spokeswoman insisted that despite the meetings, Royal Mail was refusing to negotiate. "We wouldn't call it talks – it's more like a lecture," she said.

Drivers based in Northampton, Birmingham, Coventry, London and the Essex regional distribution centre will be among workers striking for 24 hours tomorrow, while postal staff in Bristol and Edinburgh will be among those taking action on Saturday, the union said.

The strike will spread to Suffolk and Norfolk on Monday, with further areas of the country set to be hit later next week.

Royal Mail said more than 90% of staff nationally will continue to work normally, and that with the exception of local strikes in London on Friday and next Wednesday, the vast majority of customers' services will be operating normally over the next few days.

Outside London fewer than 10 of Royal Mail's 1,500 offices are affected on Friday. On Saturday around 20 offices nationally are affected, and on Monday only 12 offices are affected, the company said. One office has been asked to take strike action on Tuesday, in a sign that the dispute could keep running at a local level.

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Post by DRS » Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:38 pm

thevulture wrote:Was a 3-day strike, spread over several areas`s:


The action is now spreading and will for the first time involve drivers of Royal Mail lorries.

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary, accused Royal Mail of imposing changes on staff and said the cuts were hitting postal services. The company has accused the union of reneging on a modernisation deal that ended the 2007 strike.

Ward said: "Postal workers are sick and tired of an incompetent management running their business into the ground. Workers are busier than ever and being treated badly. The current round of cuts in jobs and services is unacceptable.

Yeah, Ward has been very bitter about the whole games industry since Ocean went t*ts up and now he's got his chance to get back at all the folks that pirated his company's games by sabotaging Retro Gamer's distibution this month. We've only got ourselves to blame people. Home taping is killing gaming.

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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by Jet Pilot » Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:26 pm

hydr0x wrote:
harlequ1n wrote:I just learnt that Royal Mail is on strike (as I told David, I didn't even know you guys went to strikes there in the UK, let alone a governmental office!) so I'm kinda worried I won't be getting my issue this month :(
Uh, lets hope the international issues got out already ;)
I'm in the USA and the return address on my issues is the TNT Post, Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Do the international subscriptions even pass through the UK or do they bypass the Royal Mail altogether (not quite sure how the postal system works in the UK and Europe)?

Even if they do go on strike for 3 days, wouldn't that just delay delivery for 3 days? They don't burn all the mail when they go on strike in the UK I hope. :?
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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by thevulture » Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:31 pm

Burn it? heavens no...UK very serious about this Carbon footprint etc. Now as for the posties stealing it.........Well, that`s a whole different matter and one on which i dare not pass comment. :lol:

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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by Fandenivoldsk » Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:17 pm

Great to have Szczepaniak back! Hope he will write for the magazine from time to time.

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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by GarryG » Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:56 pm

I liked the 'Finaru Furantier' article, although I knew about the machines covered I think this is still a big mystory area to a lot of people.

And I'd seriously reccomend Popful Mail to anybody (there's a Mega-CD version!)


More like this please!
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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by JetSetWilly » Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:59 pm

My copy arrived yesterday. Shame it won't be until Thursday until I get to read it. And its great to hear Jon's back.
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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by hydr0x » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:01 pm

Haven't got the issue yet but took a look at it at your YouTube channel Darran. Looks like a very good issue and the design of certain features (implementing the graphics into the design) seems to have improved. What I really noticed though is the Bomberman feature. Why does it start on a right page and end on a left one? This looks horrible and as it has an even number of pages it wasn't necessary at all :(
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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by jdanddiet » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:09 pm

i can't believe so many people don't like the LAP feature. I've really enjoyed reading them both so far, think it's just something different that breaks up the mag a bit, in a good way.

otherwise a solid issue, nothing spectacular for me but will read it c to shining c as always.

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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by GarryG » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:13 pm

hydr0x wrote:What I really noticed though is the Bomberman feature. Why does it start on a right page and end on a left one? This looks horrible and as it has an even number of pages it wasn't necessary at all :(
Eh!?
Are you serious? Why whould that even occur to anyone... never mind seem a problem?

I read all that, and never once thought about how it was printed over the pages!! :roll:
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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by SirClive » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:22 pm

I agree with hydrox. That just seems wrong.
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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by CraigGrannell » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:12 pm

I suspect the decision was made for layout or ad purposes. Either way, I thought it looked great.
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Re: Issue 67 Feedback

Post by Mr_Staypuft » Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:42 am

Great to hear John S has been found alive n well!
(I was worried he was doing a "Global Gaming" article on the depths of the Amazon, and just took a long time to return. :D )

I used to find his "pick a country" articles really interesting, and he kindly answered a few of my noob writer's questions back in the old "Live" RG days.

Looking forward to reading his article when my "67" arrives. 8)
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