News roundup—2nd July 2009

News roundup—2nd July 2009

The sell-off of a stake in Royal Mail has been put on hold,
The Telegraph reports, but Lord Mandelson
insists that it has not been cancelled. “‘When market
conditions change, we will return to the issue,’ he told the
House of Lords. ‘Our market testing has shown now is not the
time to sell a minority stake.'”

In other Royal Mail news, London members of the Communication
Workers Union have scheduled a three-day walkout against the
postal service beginning Wednesday, 8th July, according to
Personnel Today. London postal workers
staged a one-day strike last month. Once again, Royal Mail’s
modernisation plans and possible job cuts are the issue.

A slow news day in the Earby-Steeton area? The Craven Herald & Pioneer reports that
apparel cataloguer Damart closed its Earby distribution
centre last week but that all 52 workers are now happily
employed in the more up-to-date Steeton facility.

Was it a UFO? A bird? A plane? No, the mystery object flying
over the West Midlands recently was a solar balloon bought from
Argos, according to the Express & Star.

MP Chris Ruane angered the owners of a local stationery shop
by ordering goods from cataloguer Viking Office Products
rather than from them. Ruane told the Rhyl Journal that though he tried to use
local merchants whenever possible, “in terms of cost and
deliverability Viking is considered to be one of the best in the
country for stationery supplies”. Somehow I doubt Viking will be
sending out a press release about this endorsement.


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