eBay UK Vice President Murray Lambell has slammed the postal workers’ strike, claiming that small businesses are being targeted “at the very time they need help the most.”

Murray Lambell, writing for City AM, said smaller e-commerce firms are the “lifeblood” of the economy and must be protected during the holiday season.

He wrote: “The last two festive trading periods were overshadowed by Covid restrictions and lockdowns, and this year firms have inflationary pressures and supply chain issues to contend with too.”

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“We now have no choice but to come out fighting for small businesses up and down the country who will be devastated by this interruption of service.”

The news comes as postal workers prepare to strike around Black Friday and the holidays after their union rejected a final pay offer from Royal Mail.

Mr. Lambell added: “With so much of the UK economy dependent on Royal Mail and its army of postal workers, the effect of the strikes is likely to be far further reaching than some delayed Christmas cards. The true extent will, we are afraid, only be revealed with time.”

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Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will strike for 48 hours on Thursday and Friday, as well as on November 30 and December 1, as well as on December 9, 11, 14, 15, and 23, and on Christmas Eve.

Source: Retail Gazette

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