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It seems to be going on for an awful long time, I remember a few years ago on the news there was a strike and there were people who had to wait an extra week for their results!!
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Dunno. I doubt it though.

This postal strike seems to be bloody ineffective though - i made an order on amazon at 14:00 yesterday and it arrived this morning... i didn't select special delivery or anything neither.

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i hope it doesn't affect results that would be horrible. we didn't get post for like 4 days this week then we got it yesterday and today we havn't had any yet!
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There's a strike? Is that why my mail order's STILL not arriving when I ordered it last Wednesday? Grr.
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(Original post by schrodinger's cat)
Dunno. I doubt it though.

This postal strike seems to be bloody ineffective though - i made an order on amazon at 14:00 yesterday and it arrived this morning... i didn't select special delivery or anything neither.

I ordered something from Amazon last sunday, and it's still not here now Hopefully the DVD and book I ordered from Amazon.fr yesterday will come before the strikes from the 9th -17th of August.

Anyways, in reference to the OP's question; I doubt very much the results will be affected. I'm pretty sure the exam boards use Parcel Force They aren't involved with this, I believe

Edit: Just found this on the website: "Parcelforce Worldwide’s guaranteed services will remain unaffected", and I doubt very much that the delivery of results would not be classed as a guaranteed service
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I texted my friend who's a postman and he said the sorting centre in Swansea, which deals with most of South Wales, Somerset, Bristol, Bath etc is still backed up and it'll probably affect us getting our results. That being said, when there was an impromptu strike in 2001, mail workers in Exeter promised to deliver people's results. It's also illegal to strike when it causes undue disruption to the general public, so they may be forced to deliver the results.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that there are other ways and other postal services that the exam boards can use, if they've been given plenty of warning like they have this time.
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I also found this on AQA's website, though there's nothing on WJEC (and I didn't check any of the others):

Please post mark forms as normal but retain a copy of your marks so that they can be collected over the telephone or scanned and e-mailed to AQA if necessary. If possible, use other means such as Parcelforce to post your samples. Scripts should be posted as normal as early as possible using Parcelforce. Please keep consignment numbers as you may be contacted and asked for these if there is any delay in the return of your scripts.
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It's also illegal to strike when it causes undue disruption to the general public, so they may be forced to deliver the results.
Really? I'd always thought that was the point of strikes - to disrupt things so people are forced to consider the reasons for the strike...
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Here in the North West (which is where the head AQA centre is located!) I haven't seen the postman for over a week!Damn postmen always being selfish, all that they would blow their wages on is alcohol, drugs and pornography anyway!
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Really? I'd always thought that was the point of strikes - to disrupt things so people are forced to consider the reasons for the strike...
It disrupts things for the company, not the public. That's why picket lines only target other workers, and don't randomly kidnap people so they miss their bus to work. :p: I think it applies largely to the emergency services, but A Level results are given very high priority, so it probably stretches to them as well.
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(Original post by Louisdf)
Here in the North West (which is where the head AQA centre is located!) I haven't seen the postman for over a week!Damn postmen always being selfish, all that they would blow their wages on is alcohol, drugs and pornography anyway!
That's all I blow my wage on. Well, not porn.
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I hate postal strikes, surely they're getting paid enough for what is relatively unskilled work. If they're gonna get paid more for doing 'unskilled' work (which i assume is why they're striking? i don't know lol) then us people going through years of training/education should have our eventual wages increased to keep its worth.

When i say 'unskilled work' i'm not naive enough to think that no skills whatsoever are needed, of course every job needs skills and postmen are hugely important in our society. I just meant you dont really need a huge amount of qualifications to be a postman, so getting paid more is a little unfair to those who have qualifications working in jobs with lower wages.

EDIT: I've just woken up and typed a load of bull****. I know nothing. good day.
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Yeah it's not like you would need even a GCSE qualification to know how to open a gate and put a letter through a letterbox.
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(Original post by RocketTown)
I hate postal strikes, surely they're getting paid enough for what is relatively unskilled work. If they're gonna get paid more for doing 'unskilled' work (which i assume is why they're striking? i don't know lol) then us people going through years of training/education should have our eventual wages increased to keep its worth.

When i say 'unskilled work' i'm not naive enough to think that no skills whatsoever are needed, of course every job needs skills and postmen are hugely important in our society. I just meant you dont really need a huge amount of qualifications to be a postman, so getting paid more is a little unfair to those who have qualifications working in jobs with lower wages.

EDIT: I've just woken up and typed a load of bull****. I know nothing. good day.
Though, they do need to walk around in the cold in the winter. Terrible! :p:
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Nope it won't affect the results, if worse comes to worse they'll send them online, but anyway.

The postal strike isn't just about pay (which is bad anyway, because it has only risen this year by 2.5% - well below the inflation rate of 4.5%), it's about plans to cut their pensions aswell, amid other reforms.
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^That article only talks about Scotland and the Scottish exams, which are different to ours.
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^That article only talks about Scotland and the Scottish exams, which are different to ours.
Yeah, don't they get theirs before us?:confused: I was wondering that myself. However, having said that, I'm sure that if worst came to worst, the exam boards would email the centres the results, and the centres could then just print out these results for us
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