Royal Mail: when are the next postal worker strike dates?

More Royal Mail strikes are on the way (Photo: EPA)

In recent months, unions in several sectors have launched industrial action over wages and working conditions. Railroad workers, garbage collectors, lawyers and more are on strike, with many citing insufficient wage increases if they credit the rising cost of living as the cause.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (representing many Royal Mail workers) will be holding a series of 19 new strikes in the run-up to Christmas, meaning postal services will be hit on strike dates.

The move was announced in response to Royal Mail’s threat to press ahead with brutal cuts to benefits and completely sideline the union.

If no agreement is reached, the nationwide action will have a “dramatic” impact on peak times in the mail such as Black Friday, Cyber ​​Monday and the Christmas run-up.

Royal Mail has said it is doing everything it can to minimize disruption on strike dates, but while it has ‘well-developed contingency plans’ it will not be possible for them to ‘completely replace the day-to-day efforts of front-line staff’.

They also pledge to increase capacity in the days following strikes to help deal with disruptions.

Royal Mail vans parked at a depot as Communication Workers Union (CWU) postmen

Royal Mail vans parked at a depot as Communication Workers Union (CWU) postmen stand on the picket line (Photo: James Manning/PA Wire)

While most branches remain open on strike days, some post office services may also be affected.

So, when are the strike dates and what can be disrupted?

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming strikes.

When are the CWU strike dates?

The next strike is scheduled for Thursday, November 24.

Some post offices may be affected (Photo: Getty Images)

There will then be more strikes the following day – November 25 – which coincides with Black Friday.

The full list of Royal Mail strike dates is listed below.


Royal Mail strike dates in November and December

Thursday 24 Nov

Friday Nov 25

Wednesday Nov 30

Thursday December 1

Friday December 2 (delivery drivers only)

Are the post offices open during the strike?

The majority of post offices should be open during the CWU strikes. A minority were affected by a separate strike by CWU workers within Post Office Ltd on 26 and 27 August.

Communication Workers Union (CWU) postmen on the picket line at the Royal Mail Whitechapel

Workers who are struggling are forced to use food banks, the union says. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Which postal services will be affected by the strike?

The Post Office has warned that mailing of letters and parcels, Drop & Go, travel money, banking (check deposits) and some identity services (e.g. paper passport control and shipping) may be affected by strike action. Full information is available at the Post Office website and the latest news from the Royal Mail.

Mail

Royal Mail and ParcelForce Worldwide collections will be delayed and some postal branches may not be able to accept mail on strike days if they reach their acceptance capacity.

Travel money

If you order travel money online the day before or on the day of the strike, it will not be available for collection at the branch or home delivery the next working day and the stock of foreign currency may be low.

They advise customers to order travel money two or three days in advance or four or five days for Travel Money Cards.

Banking

While check deposits can still be made, there may be a delay in reaching your account.

Identity Services

While Passport Check & Send services may be delayed in reaching their destination, this should not affect the date you receive your passport.

However, the delivery of biometric residence permits to postal branches may be delayed.

Which other Royal mail services will be affected by the strike?

Several Royal Mail services will be disrupted during the strikes and any item posted before, on or in the days following the strike could be delayed. They will also not be able to deliver letters on strike dates, with the exception of Special Delivery Mail.

Striking CWU postal workers on the picket line in Whitechapel

Striking postmen on the picket line in Whitechapel on August 26, 2022 in London. (Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty Images).

Royal Mail has promised to deliver as many Special Delivery or Tracked24 parcels as possible. However, they cannot guarantee next day delivery of all items before 9am or 1pm and will suspend the warranty on the following day. Customers cannot claim compensation for delays caused by strikes.

Where possible, Royal Mail will also prioritize the delivery of medical prescriptions.

While Royal Mail says customers can continue to post items to PO Boxes or Post Offices, collection days will be less frequent on strike days. As such, they are urging anyone wishing to use postal items to do so as early as possible before the strike dates.

The Royal Mail also states that delivery offices and customer service points will be closed on days when CWU strike action takes place.

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