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New details about Royal Mail’s Christmas strikes have been revealed, with customers warned to ‘take plenty of time’ for festive mail and presents.
Britain is facing the prospect of a winter of chaos with union action paralyzing the railways, hampering deliveries around Christmas and forcing students to miss their education.
Royal Mail staff will bring new misery to those planning to post gifts and cards in the run-up to December 25.
The postal service said that after a period of negotiations with the Communication Workers’ Union, they submitted an improved wage offer with “extensive improvements,” which was quickly rejected by striking employees.
Royal Mail CEO Simon Thompson has been in a public war of words with union barons as striking employees vow to ‘fight as long as it takes’.
The strike was organized by the Communication Workers’ Union amid a long-standing feud with the company over wages, working conditions and layoffs.
Below, MailOnline shares everything you need to know about the mail strikes that will hamper the Christmas plans of millions:
Royal Mail staff will deliver fresh misery to those planning to post gifts and cards ahead of December 25
Dates of the December Royal Mail mail strike:
More than 100,000 Royal Mail employees of the Communication Workers’ Union will stage a strike on seven dates in December.
Strikes have been promised for the following dates in December:
- Thursday December 1
- Friday Dec 9
- Sunday December 11
- Wednesday December 14
- Thursday December 15
- Friday December 23
- Saturday December 24
Why are Royal Mail staff on strike?
British postal workers’ strikes in the run-up to Christmas began today after Royal Mail’s largest trade union rejected the company’s latest wage offer on Wednesday.
Workers fear long-term changes to the service, including plans to introduce a seven-day-a-week parcel service to compete with giants like Amazon and Evri.
Royal Mail has warned the company is bleeding £1 million a day and faces a bleak future unless radical changes are made.
Postmen walk out over jobs, pay and conditions after unions rejected Royal Mail’s 11am bid to avert the next 48-hour strike.
The postal and parcel company offered to raise wages by up to 9% over 18 months, instead of the previously planned two years, in its “best and last” offer as it urged workers to call off strikes. blow.
In addition to their new wage offer, Royal Mail proposed a new employee profit-sharing scheme and improved the terms of its voluntary redundancy scheme.
When should I send mail and gifts at the latest?
The union action will also cripple normal Christmas delivery slots, with Royal Mail warning customers to ‘give plenty of time’ this year.
For cards and gifts due to arrive by Christmas Day, customers are advised to ship 2nd class items no later than Monday, December 19.
The closure for 1st class parcels and mail is Wednesday 21 December.
Sending items overseas will take even more planning, with Royal Mail advising mail to family in the armed forces before December 3.
British postal workers’ strikes in the run-up to Christmas began today after Royal Mail’s largest trade union rejected the company’s latest wage offer on Wednesday. Pictured: Staff strike outside a depot in London on Thursday, November 24
Will these strikes ruin Christmas?
With strikes taking place in the days leading up to Christmas, including December 23 and 24, households have been warned to plan ahead.
With more than 115,000 workers set to join the picket lines, the union action at Royal Mail promises to be one of the biggest strikes of the year.
Disruption is likely and postmen will not deliver on strike days, with the exception of those sent via Special Delivery.
As such, late packages are unlikely to reach their intended recipient before December 25.
The post has already apologized in advance to its customers and warned that it “will not be able to fully replace the daily efforts of our frontline staff.”
During the CWU’s latest series of national strikes in August, most of the UK’s postal network was seriously left running only essential services and special deliveries.
There is also the prospect that these strikes will continue well beyond 2022.
Dave Ward, general secretary of the Communication Workers’ Union, has urged the government to intervene, claiming that “no union would accept the jobs, losses and conditions” proposed by the Royal Mail.
With strikes taking place in the days leading up to Christmas, including December 23 and 24, households have been warned to plan ahead
What other strikes will take place in December?
Several other unions have been accused of plotting coordinated strikes ‘to have maximum effect’ on British households this winter.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union have confirmed that they will be shutting down between December 13 and 14 and later in the month on December 16 and 17.
As a result, Britain’s transport network will be paralyzed in the run-up to Christmas, with RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train companies overwhelmingly voting in favor of the measures last week.
Officials from the Home Office, DEFRA, Border Force and Department for Transport are also set to leave from mid-December after a protracted row over wages, jobs and pensions.
The public and commercial services union confirmed that the union action will continue a month after their demands for a 10 percent wage increase were rejected.
The University and Colleges Union, representing 58 higher education providers in the UK, will hold a three-day strike between December 1 and December 3 as part of their dispute over wages, pensions and contracts.
G4S security personnel tasked with delivering cash and coins to banks and supermarkets will also strike in December, raising fears of Christmas shortages.
The strike of the trade union GMB will take place on Monday 5 December at 03:00.
Employees who brew and distribute Greene King’s products – including IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale – will be walking away for five days starting Dec. 5.
The Royal College of Nursing confirmed yesterday that they will continue their union action over wages next month, but dates have yet to be confirmed.