Royal Mail workers are set to launch a new wave of strikes throughout December in a round of industrial action that will cause misery for millions of households who post presents in the run-up to Christmas.
The expulsion was organized by the communications workers’ union, which is in dispute with the company over pay and working conditions.
What dates are Royal Mail strikes?
The CWU is planning a 10-day strike, which will see its 115,000 members stage walkouts on the following dates:
- Thursday, November 24
- Friday 25 November
- Wednesday, November 30
- Thursday, December 1
- Friday 9 December
- Sunday, December 11
- Wednesday 14 December
- Thursday, December 15
- Friday 23 December
- Christmas Eve
Will postal strikes affect Christmas delivery?
Yes. In particular, strikes on December 23 and Christmas Eve threaten to wreak particular havoc on delayed parcels reaching millions of households.
During the most recent national strikes in August, the CWU’s high representation among workers meant that almost the entire postal network was down, but most essential services and special deliveries continued.
What is the last date for sending Christmas cards and parcels via Royal Mail?
Royal Mail is urging customers to “allow plenty of time” to post items this year.
If you want your cards and gifts to arrive by Christmas, please post 2nd class no later than December 19th and 1st class no later than December 21st.
Special shipments and goods with a traceable guarantee should be sent by December 22. The company’s special shipments with “Saturday guarantee” can be sent on December 23.
Why do Royal Mail workers take occupational safety measures?
The dispute between the Postal Service and the CWU, which represents more than 100,000 of Royal Mail’s 140,000 employees, centers on pay and conditions.
With inflation running high, the CWU says the company’s postal workers deserve a pay rise to match the price hike. UK inflation topped 11 percent last month, a 41-year high.
They are also angry at changes to working conditions that Royal Mail bosses want to make, including a seven-day-a-week parcel service, reducing letter delivery to five days, automation of sorting parcels and letters and increasing later closing times to allow. more next day deliveries.
Royal Mail says the company is losing £1m a day and that without radical changes it has no future. Bosses have threatened dismissal and the possible collapse of the company if striking workers are not punished.
What if I ship internationally?
Then you should reserve more time. Royal Mail says letters to family and friends serving in the armed forces should be sent by December 2 at the latest.
For others who use International Economy Mail, you have missed the deadlines for shipping to the Far and Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, Canada, and the United States by Standard Mail. The deadline for Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta and Turkey was November 25, while for Western Europe, shipments should have been sent by November 28.
Those using International Standard or International Tracking and Signing Services are too late for post to British Virgin Islands, Dominica and Anguilla.
But everywhere else, you still have time. The deadline is December 1 for Australia and New Zealand, December 2 for mainland China, December 5 for the Caribbean, December 7 for Africa, the Middle East and Asia, December 8 for Cyprus and Malta, and Eastern Europe and It is December 10 for Turkey.
In Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, and the United States, it is December 10, while in Western Europe it is December 12, and finally, in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg, it is December 14.
Train passengers’ travel plans are also affected by planned train strikes in the run-up to Christmas.