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The Independent

Royal Mail postal strike: Each date in November and December 2022

Royal Mail staff will stage strikes this month and subsequent in an escalating row over pay, jobs and circumstances.

The Communications Employees Union (CWU) formally notified Royal Mail of the November strikes final month and confirmed six new strike dates in December on November 17.

The postal service apologised to prospects, saying that although it “well-developed contingency plans” it’s unable to “absolutely exchange the day by day efforts of our frontline workforce”.

“We’ll be doing what we are able to to maintain companies operating, however we’re sorry this deliberate strike motion is prone to trigger you some disruption,” the corporate mentioned on the web site.

Right here’s every little thing you should learn about strikes by Royal Mail employees.

Why are Royal Mail employees placing?

Postal staff are placing over a long-running and worsening dispute about pay and dealing circumstances.

CWU basic secretary Dave Ward beforehand mentioned: “Posties are within the combat of their lives in opposition to the Uberisation of Royal Mail and the destruction of their circumstances.

“However 115,000 of our members won’t simply settle for this warfare on their livelihoods and their trade.”

A Royal Mail spokesman mentioned: “On Monday October 31, Royal Mail proposed a brand new pay-for-change supply to the CWU value 9 per cent over two years, regardless of making a lack of £219 million within the first half of the 12 months.

Postal strikes are threatening to impression Black Friday and Cyber Monday

(PA Wire)

“The CWU have been in talks with us at Acas and declare they’re open to vary however they now want to point out it.

“As an alternative, the CWU have introduced 4 days of strike motion which can harm our enterprise additional at our busiest time of 12 months.

“The CWU is enjoying a harmful recreation with its members’ jobs and the way forward for Royal Mail.

“We urge CWU to withdraw these strikes for the nice of our prospects and our folks.

“We apologise to our prospects for the inconvenience the CWU’s continued strike motion will trigger.

“We’re doing all we are able to to minimise delays and hold folks, companies and the nation related.”

When are the strikes?

Thursday 24 November

Friday 25 November (Black Friday)

Friday 9 December

Sunday 11 December

Wednesday 14 December

Thursday 15 December

Friday 23 December

Saturday 24 December

What do strikes imply for deliveries?

On strike days, Royal Mail has mentioned that disruptions are possible and employees won’t be delivering letters, aside from these despatched with Particular Supply, but it surely can’t assure they’ll arrive.

It’ll additionally prioritise the supply of Covid testing kits and medical prescriptions, the place doable.

Royal Mail mentioned employees won’t be delivering letters on strike days

(PA Wire)

Will it impression Christmas publish?

Royal Mail has not confirmed or denied whether or not strike motion will impression Christmas publish however it’s possible given there are six recent strike days within the run-up to December 25.

It has urged prospects to ship objects as early as doable upfront of strike dates as a way to keep away from disruption.

For deliveries within the UK, the final postal dates for supply by Christmas are:

Monday 19 December for 2nd class publish, 2nd class signed for and Royal Mail 48 companies

Wednesday 21 December for 1st class, top notch signed for, Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail tracked 48.

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