eBay to support sellers during post strikes

By Chris Dawson October 28, 2013 - 7:24 am

eBay have announced that they’ll be protecting sellers from possible impacts of the postal strike, which will go ahead on the 4th of November unless Royal Mail and the CWU can come to an agreement.

eBay are putting three steps in place to ensure any damage to sellers is mitigated:

  • Proactively removing any low Detailed Seller Rating on dispatch time for transactions impacted by the strike.
  • Upon request, we’ll also remove any negative feedback related to dispatch time as a result of the strike.
  • Working with a number of alternative postal carriers to make sure you can provide the levels of service that eBay knows is critical in the run up to Christmas.

We’re crossing our fingers that the strikes don’t take place, but in truth unless they’re over a prolonged period of time sellers are in a much better position than four years ago when Royal Mail workers last went on strike.

There are many more alternative carriers available and they’re all offering better service than they used to. The couriers who many turned to in the last strikes – Collect Plus and myHermes were at the time a “five-day” courier service – both companies now offer a two working day delivery services.

What are you plans for the strike if it does go ahead? Post as normal, delay posting a day or despatch with an alternative carrier?

  • Stuart
    4 years ago

    Why don’t Royal Mail do the same as Grangemouth, sack everyone as the terms they are asking are too much, then I perhaps think that things may change and no strikes will happen!

    Strikes don’t solve anything, they just make it worse for everyone and it is about time people realised this.

    • Jjroger
      4 years ago

      Yeah RM should do the same, it works very well with Grangemouth.

  • kevin mahon
    4 years ago

    Stuart you absolute Tory goon! 😀

  • Adi
    4 years ago

    Stuart.. Well I guess you are going to give 150k postman jobs in 3 years when they lose hrs and contracts..
    Think b4 you say things like sack every1, these people have families

    • Stuart
      4 years ago

      We all have families and when my whole operation relies on Royal Mail what they do effects me and my family, there is never a single thought to how strikes affect other people, strike action is purely selfish.

      I wish I was given free shares in a company but I have to work very hard for my money, especially when Royal Mail loose nearly 4% of our parcels a year!

      Also I think you missed the point, when all the staff at Grangemouth realised they were going to loose their jobs, the unions and the staff were quick to accept any terms to keep them. I would suggest that anyone working for Royal Mail should feel very lucky they have a job and get on with it, there are millions in the world who don’t!

    • 4 years ago

      Well said Stuart, I agree completely. Retail is challenging enough at the moment without strikes having an impact on the business.

      It seems that going on strike is such an easy option these days. Just like many of us have had to spend the last year or two changing our businesses to deal with the recession, the big companies have to change too. I think Grangemouth was a gamble for both sides – but it was interesting to see how the union changed their mind when the possibility of them loosing a huge number of people paying in to their pot was a reality.

  • Highlander 555
    4 years ago

    Grangemouth will be a turning point for Industrial relations for years to come.

    I worked many years ago in a hotel and met a group of NUM officials.They were the most abhorrent people I have ever served in my life.

    Put me off unions for life!!!.Never joined and would never have them in my business!!

    • Danny
      4 years ago

      What a sad state of affairs…

      Grangemouth shows in whose interest this current government are leading… The chemicals plant shut down by the Swiss domiciled billionaire owner until our crawling government gives his company £9,000,000 of taxpayers money and a loan guarantee of £150,000,000…
      The site is obviously a key-strategic industrial plant – But, if the Swiss based billionaire owner doesn’t want to run it anymore, then it should be transferred into state ownership or co-operative ownership. In my view – No taxpayers money should be allowed through to tax-havens.

      The notion of sacking everyone & re-employing them is Victorian – From this era onwards, the majority of our fore-fathers (& mothers) have campaigned & struggled to escape poverty & fight inequality and these comments are how we pay thanks to our history.
      ‘Feel lucky to have a job’ – There should be a job for everyone – In our developed nation it should be the birth-right of everyone.

      Sadly, government is toeing the line to the billionaires tune rather than upholding the laws & rights of collective decision making.

      A successful modern approach to collective agreements comes from our European friends in Germany, where from small businesses up to the largest corporations, worker representatives are delegated to sit in the boardroom and help determine the future of the company they work for…

      In unity is strength.

    • Stuart
      4 years ago

      There are plenty of jobs out there for everyone but sadly some people feel that they don’t want to do basic jobs like cleaning, vegetable picking etc and that is why eastern Europeans have to come over here and do they jobs that people in the UK think they are too good to do and would rather sit at home on benefits!

      People should be very lucky to have a job as good as the ones at Grangemouth or Royal Mail as they receive a lot more benefits than the rest of us ever do!

      With regards to strikes and ‘unity’ I don’t want to live in a county were people can hold us to ransom with strike action because they might have to work until they are 60 when the rest of us will probably never be able to give up work paying for those that retire!

      Without Billionaires we would be nothing!

  • steve
    4 years ago

    Perhaps billy hayes could donate some of his 133,000 a year and stop giving labour millions for their election campaign

    • Danny
      4 years ago

      I think an egalitarian approach in which all executive wages are reduced by the same percentage point would work well…

      The average annual salary (before bonuses) of FTSE 100 chief executives is £4,200,000 –
      I don’t think Hayes does badly on 30 times less than his counterparts…

      The major problem is the difference between chief exec’s salaries and the median UK salary of £25,000…
      Income inequality is becoming ridiculous in Britain right now & it seems it’s the trades unions that are the only people trying to do anything about it.

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