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CWU's Royal Mail action is a threat to direct mail sector

In December 2012, bosses of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) threw down a challenge to Royal Mail when it threatened to ballot its members to boycott handling mail from downstream access (DSA) providers. While CWU's intended target is Royal Mail, the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has raised concerns that the proposed action could cause significant harm to the multibillion-pound direct mail industry that it represents.

Claims should be judged on their specific circumstances

On 29 June, the FSA published its agreement with the banks on compensation to be paid for mis-sold swap products. Many have assumed that all interest rate swap products marketed by banks will lead to compensation, but this is not necessarily so. Both...

Comment: Mail privatisation is for the best, if a buyer can be found

The privatisation of Royal Mail came a step closer last week, with the government's confirmation that a sell-off will proceed in light of the second report from Richard Hooper, chair of the Postal Services Sector Review Panel. However, given that the state-owned postal operator is facing in business secretary Vince Cable's words "potentially lethal challenges", it is not entirely clear where the required private sector capital is going to come from.

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