Royal Mail staff will stage strikes this month and subsequent in an escalating row over pay, jobs and situations.
The Communications Staff 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 clients, saying that although it “well-developed contingency plans” it’s unable to “totally substitute the every day efforts of our frontline workforce”.
“We’ll be doing what we are able to to maintain providers working, however we’re sorry this deliberate strike motion is more likely to trigger you some disruption,” the corporate mentioned on the web site.
Right here’s every part you must find out about strikes by Royal Mail employees.
Why are Royal Mail employees hanging?
Postal staff are hanging over a long-running and worsening dispute about pay and dealing situations.
CWU normal secretary Dave Ward beforehand mentioned: “Posties are within the struggle of their lives in opposition to the Uberisation of Royal Mail and the destruction of their situations.
“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 yr.
“The CWU have been in talks with us at Acas and declare they’re open to alter however they now want to indicate it.
“As an alternative, the CWU have introduced 4 days of strike motion which can harm our enterprise additional at our busiest time of yr.
“The CWU is enjoying a harmful sport with its members’ jobs and the way forward for Royal Mail.
“We urge CWU to withdraw these strikes for the nice of our clients and our folks.
“We apologise to our clients for the inconvenience the CWU’s continued strike motion will trigger.
“We’re doing all we are able to to minimise delays and preserve 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 doubtless and employees won’t be delivering letters, excluding these despatched with Particular Supply, nevertheless it can’t assure they’ll arrive.
It is going to additionally prioritise the supply of Covid testing kits and medical prescriptions, the place potential.
Will it affect Christmas put up?
Royal Mail has not confirmed or denied whether or not strike motion will affect Christmas put up however it’s doubtless given there are six recent strike days within the run-up to December 25.
It has urged clients to ship objects as early as potential prematurely of strike dates with a view 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 put up, 2nd class signed for and Royal Mail 48 providers
Wednesday 21 December for 1st class, firstclass signed for, Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail tracked 48.