Like thousands of Brighton residents I didn't get my post this morning - postal workers and members of the Communication Workers' Union are striking for a second day this week.
Striking isn't an action anyone takes lightly - who wants to volunteer to lose a day's pay in order to stand around a brazier on a cold October morning?
But I'm glad The Argus is reporting today that public sympathy for the posties is high, and that most of us recognise this strike is about nothing less than saving the Royal Mail as we know it - a state-controlled, essential, public service.
It's necessary because Government policy has been to promote privatisation at EU level, and open up the postal market to competition from the private sector.
It stands to reason that the profitable postal jobs, like handling business mail between, say, London and Brighton, will be snapped up by the private companies - and the Royal Mail will be left handling all the second-class letters from mid-Wales to Aberdeenshire, and, finding it impossible to turn a profit be forced to close a Post Office or two just to stay afloat.
So that nice Mr Mandelson is, basically, seeking to dismantle the Royal Mail - and decimate local communities dependant on their Post Office along the way.
Or, put another way (in the words of a letter from Green Party leader Caroline Lucas (pictured, at Brighton's North Road sorting office) to CWU General Secretary Billy Hayes):
"this Labour Government is 'ill-serving' workers and the UK public alike... ...with its shameful privatisation of public services which has led to increased marginalisation and inequalities in terms of public access to services".
In her letter to Mr Hayes, Dr Lucas says:
"In our view, Royal Mail workers and management have been on a collision course since the private sector has been forced on the service.
"By removing profitable parts of the business for the benefit of speculators and investors, the Government has created an environment in which the interests of the population of the UK as a whole have been ill-served, none more so than your members.
"It is shameful that a Labour Government should have played such a role in the privatisation of public services, and in a way which has increased marginalisation and inequalities in terms of access to services.
"It is especially concerning that this Labour Government is not content with overseeing the dismantling of this vital service, but now appears to be colluding with Royal Mail management to undermine the rights of the Union and its representatives, and condoning the side-lining of the CWU in working towards the completion of the agreement from the last period of industrial action."
The Green Party leader offered the CWU the Green's full support in the
coming days, stating that "...we hope that any action is swift and
positive in its results. As we did two years ago, we will lobby at
every level to support the CWU cause."