United Kingdom: The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called on its members who collect, sort, and deliver parcels and letters to take further strike action. The CWU is required to provide Royal Mail with a minimum of 14 days’ formal notification before taking strike action and we have received this formal notification from the CWU for the following dates:
- Thursday 13 October 2022
- Thursday 20 October 2022
- Tuesday 25 October 2022
These three planned strikes affect members who collect, sort, distribute and deliver parcels and letters across the UK. Royal Mail has well-developed contingency plans, but we cannot fully replace the daily efforts of our frontline workforce. We’ll be doing what we can to keep services running, but we are sorry this planned strike action is likely to cause you some disruption. We have been able to recover services quickly after the recent CWU strike action and we will continue to focus our efforts on working to get our services back to normal as soon as possible after any future strike action.
Announcement of potential further strike action
The CWU has also publicly announced further dates for strike action however Royal Mail has not received the required formal notification of these dates. The CWU has communicated they intend to take one day of national strike action on Monday 28 November and then a series of strikes which if they take place, would affect different parts of our operational and administrative network on different days.
Potential strike action impacting parts of our operation on different days between
2 November – 2 December
Network & National Distribution: 2, 8, 14, 23, 30 November
Parcel and letter processing and distribution
Royal Mail international parcel and letter services
Collections (customer, Post Office, postbox) 3, 9, 15, 24 November & 1 December
Parcel and letter deliveries 4, 10, 16, 25 November, and 2 December
We will provide further detailed information about our contingency plans, services affected and our advice to customers in the event we receive formal notification for any or all of these potential strike dates.
On days when strike action is taking place:
- We will deliver as many Special Delivery and Tracked24 parcels as possible
- We will prioritize the delivery of COVID test kits and medical prescriptions wherever possible
- We will not be delivering letters (with the exception of Special Delivery)
What you can do:
- Post your items as early as possible in advance of the strike dates
Continue to post your items at Postboxes or Post Offices, however, collections will be less frequent on days when strike action is taking place