Royal Mail workers could be set to strikeIndustrial action set to be taken by the postal service could be disruptive for businesses in the UK, one sector commentator has claimed, which could cause problems in workplace productivity.

The Communication Workers Union recently said that they were balloting postal workers for strike action on September 17th 2009. Results are expected on October 8th or 9th 2009.

Such action is being taken as the dispute between the Communication Workers Union and Royal Mail continues.

Commenting on the news, Nick Britton, editor of, said small and medium-sized organisations were already experiencing disruption as a result of postal strikes.

"A nationwide walk-out would put critical strain on tens of thousands of companies which are already labouring under tough trading conditions and cash flow problems," he added.

According to the Royal Mail, modernisation is required within the postal service.

It claims mail volumes are down by around ten per cent year-on-year as competition from email and the web accelerates, with every one per cent decline costing Royal Mail around £70 million in lost revenues.