Royal Mail calls for investigation into ‘unfair’ competition

The obligation says that Royal Mail must deliver post six days a week to every address in the UK, and at the same price.

Royal Mail has stated that Whistl may be in a position to ‘cherry-pick’ jobs by targeting highly-populated areas and thereby granting them an ‘unfair advantage’.

For example, Whistl has said it aims to cover 40 per cent of UK addresses by 2017, but over an estimated 8.6 per cent of UK geography.

The company currently only operates in London, Liverpool and Manchester.

Royal Mail was privatised in 2013. Ofcom was committed to a review of the delivery market by the end of 2015, however, Royal Mail has called for these investigations to be brought forward.

Royal Mail said: “We will play our full part in the committee’s inquiry into the key issues for the universal service and the UK.”

Whistl said: “We are happy to take any opportunity to explain the benefits of competition in the UK postal sector and its important role in ensuring Royal Mail continues to work towards meeting its productivity targets, which it has so far failed to do.”

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