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Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 9:38 AM
MINT NEVER HINGED: 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p
GB STRIKE DESCRIPTION
The 1971 United Kingdom postal workers strike was a strike in the United Kingdom staged by postal workers between January and March 1971.
The strike was Britain's first national postal strike and began after postal workers demanded a pay rise of 15-20% then walked out after Post Office managers made a lower offer. The strike began on 20 January and lasted for seven weeks, finally ending with an agreement on Thursday 4 March. After voting over the weekend, the strikers returned to work on Monday 8 March 1971. The strike overlapped with the introduction of decimal currency in the U.K.
A wide range of officially licensed and unlicensed private posts operated during the strike to fill the gap left by the withdrawal of official postal services. Some were genuine commercial services that provided local, national and international deliveries.
Although local mail deliveries were possible in some areas, either where the postmen did not go on strike or as some gradually returned to work, the bulk of the country's postal services came to a complete halt.
The Government announced that the Post Office's monopoly on carrying letters would be suspended for the duration of the strike. Several hundred private posts were set up throughout the country; some of these were of course "philatelic", but many operated with efficiency and transported significant quantities of mail, although normally at a much higher price than the normal first class rate. A number of these posts linked up in an "Association of Mail Services" which provided for transmission of letters from post to post across the country, and also to overseas destinations. Considerable use was also made of the existing alternatives, and of course the Armed Forces had their own postal arrangements.
The strike dragged on for seven weeks as the Union and the Post Office were unable to agree. Eventually, faced with rapidly worsening finances, the Union Executive proposed a public enquiry as a peace plan to Employment Secretary Robert Carr. A ballot resulted in a majority for ending the strike, and postmen were told to return to work at 9am, Monday 8th March.
The disruption of services caused by the strike produced a wide range of interesting material. Much is rarer than a "Post Office Mauritius" -- and while it may not have the same 'philatelic pedigree', arguably it has much greater postal significance, as these items represent the only services available for a major country for a seven week period, longer than the Uniform 4d Post!
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Seller's country, Europe, North America, Central America, South America, continent.asia, Africa, Oceania
I COMBINE ITEMS FOR SHIPPING TO SAVE YOU POSTAGE COSTS
Example Shipping costs are as follows (if in doubt please ask for postage and handling costs before buying):
Whole World up to 50g (priority unregistered) = 1.50 Euro
Whole World over 50g up to 100g (priority unregistered) = 3.00 Euro
Registered post is an additional 2.50 EUR - any weights or sizes not mentioned above please ask for costs before purchasing.
PLEASE NOTE I WILL ONLY POST TO RUSSIA, INDIA & PAKISTAN BY REGISTERED POST
PLEASE WAIT FOR ME TO ISSUE AN INVOICE BEFORE MAKING A PAYMENT.
Please note: PAYPAL OR DELCAMPE PAY are my preferred methods of receiving payment. For paying by Paypal or Delcampe Pay please use the automated Delcampe payment facility. I ALSO ACCEPT BANK TRANSFERS.
I prefer to send purchases over 20 Euro by registered post (for which there is a small additional charge of 2.50 Euro - with no extra additions for packing, etc). Any items posted unregistered are only sent on the understanding that this is at the buyers risk.
I post items as often as I can. This is usually on Monday and Thursday. If you need items urgently please check with me before purchasing,
Monday, April 8, 2002
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