Postman Pat and his communist sympathiser colleagues have threatened to hold the country to ransom next week by refusing to deliver mail.
Businesses up and down the country are fearful of the economic consequences, and are having to resort to other obscure methods of communication such as telephone, email, fax, internet chat, carrier pigeon and shouting loudly.
Individuals are also affected, especially grandmothers whose birthdays fall within the strike period, and who may not receive their cards until at least a week after their actual birthday.
All in all, chaos is expected, and it is estimated that at least 40% of the UK population will die from shock of not receiving their daily mail.
Even post boxes are joining the strike. Any citizen attempting to deliver a letter to a post box will have their hand bitten off by the delivery hole, as the boxes have been reprogrammed to "chomp mode".
Postman Pat refused to comment on the situation, only giving this brief comment: "We want more money!"