There have been recent talks of Royal Mail postal worker strikes across the news. It has since been confirmed that there will in fact be several strikes taking place over the coming months. Luckily there has been plenty of warning given before these strikes will take place, so we can mitigate the impacts of the temporary pause in service.
Following the initial 4 days in August and September, a further two days have been announced for Friday 30th September 2022 and Saturday 1st October 2022.
These two new strike dates are in opposition to Royal Mail's plans to reform the company, compared to over pay which the first 4 days were in relation to.
Everything you need to know:
Who is striking?
Royal Mail workers who are members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) that collect, sort and deliver parcels and mail.
When are the strikes going to take place?
View all the dates including the latest 19 days announced on Tuesday 27th September here.
What will happen on the ‘strike’ dates?
Delivery Offices and Customer Services Points will be closed. No items will be dropped off or collected during these dates and no letters will be delivered.
What mail will be prioritised?
· Special Delivery
· Tracked24 parcels
· COVID test kits and medical prescriptions
Royal Mail's next day guarantee will be suspended for items sent the day before a scheduled strike day (for dates please see above).
Top tips to reduce impacts:
· Send earlier - Post all mail with a target landing date well in advance. This will minimise the backlog of mail, whilst increasing the chances that the mail will land within the required timeframe.
· Don’t delay - Continue to post items at Post boxes and Post Offices. There will still be collections, these will just be less frequent. This will avoid a build up of mail if everyone hangs onto theirs until the strike has finished.
· Anticipate a likely delay - All items will be subject to delay. Please bear this in mind when sending any mail. As the proposed strikes are set to only take place on 4 days that are relatively spread out, delays shouldn’t be too significant.
Royal Mail plan to return services to normal as quickly as possible. To do so, they will be increasing their work capacity and using additional resources.
Please note, there is also a chance that the strike won’t go ahead, as was the case with a previously anticipated strike. We will provide further updates as soon as we receive any information. In the meantime if you have any queries please feel free to contact your account handler.