Nationwide postal strikes will go ahead tomorrow after negotiations between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union failed to reach agreement. Commenting on the continued strike action, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

"There was a moment of hope that this damaging dispute would be coming to an end when the unions and Royal Mail began formal negotiations this week. Disappointingly, it appears this madness is set to continue.

"No one is benefiting from ongoing industrial action and hard-pressed businesses are the innocent victims. With the country still in recession, this really is a poorly timed strike. Companies simply cannot rely on the postal service, and Royal Mail is paying for it in lost contracts and revenue.

"All parties have got to stay round the table and hammer out a solution that provides businesses with the reliable postal service needed to help drive an economic recovery."