Postal Strikes on 19 Days before Christmas

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The CWU have announced they will call Postal Strikes on 19 days before Christmas and time them to cause maximum disruption in a mixture of single days and rolling action across Royal Mail Group’s network.

Property and Facilities Functions (P&FS) CWU members who keep Royal Mail workplaces functioning have voted to strike. That’s the cleaners and engineers that work across the Royal Mail network.

The Postal Strikes on 19 days will cover peak mail periods such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Christmas build-up. If you can possibly use alternative carriers you would be best advised to get contracts in place and notify carriers of your intended volumes as they are all going to be flat out picking up the slack. For those who rely on large letter or letter post, it’s dismal news as there really isn’t an alternative.

Royal Mail, in their 2022/23 Q1 quarterly report said that they had an “operating loss of £92 million, reflecting inflexibility in the cost base to adjust to lower volumes and disappointing performance on delivery of further efficiencies”. That’s about a million quid a day and with postal strikes on 19 days before Christmas (not including the strikes coming this Friday and Saturday, or the previous strikes this year), their coffers are going to be empty.

The drastic action by the CWU is entirely expected due to the company getting tough and invoking clauses in their agreements with the Union allowing them to press on with modernisation in the face of industrial actions without consultation.

CWU General Secretary Dave Ward said “We call on everyone to stand with their local postal worker”. Regardless of your views on how much they deserve a pay rise, we’re pretty sure that if you run an ecommerce business that standing with your local postal worker probably involves moving as much of your businesses away from Royal Mail as possible and probably never returning. Once parcels are gone, Royal Mail will be left with loss making letters and that’s going to be very very bad for postal workers. If the company has no money their future pay will be dismal.

Strikes aren’t good for Posties either – they’ve already lost 6 days pay through strike action and with postal strikes on 19 days that’s 25 days lost pay. No pay rise is going to make up for losing almost a month’s pay and they are going to be struggling with the cost of living while being in a much worse financial situation than any other workers in the country.

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WoW that is a lot of strike action. It knackers my video games this year as Large letter is the only viable service. The other stuff I have moved into will just get switched. The country is a right mess. I have just come back from Dublin ( house hunting) and the prices in Ireland are comparable to the UK in the shops etc, that is the first time I have seen that ( apart from a pint that is still a joke). As far as the postie's I know they are not paid enough that is everywhere however. That Tory Clown on Friday has put the final nail in the coffin after years of stupid mistakes and at the end I doubt even their rich friends will hang about

SAM • 28th September 2022 •

SAM it's exactly the same here, most of what I send is large letters I too sell lots of video games, DVDs, CDs, other media items.. comparable service from Evri or Yodel is going to cost an extra quid which of I am going to have to pass on to customers. Won't affect the mega sellers (music magpie, WOB, rarewaves etc) as they likely stick to RM with the volume discounts, but I do not want customers to have to wait weeks for delivery. I'm considering just not bothering with selling online and take my video games into CEX instead. Some things in Cex they will pay more than you'd get on Ebay and there is no hassle of packing /posting, no comebacks and no possibility of bad feedback! I have no loyalty to Ebay, nor RM, I have to do what will pay me the most money the quickest way. They seem to think we can all sit around waiting for these companies to get their act together.

Mike • 28th September 2022 •

Thing is Mike the "alternative" services won't be able to cope with the vastly extended demand and so lengthy delays will occur either way. It's like saying the taxi operators could carry all bus passengers. Won't happen.

Stigmas • 29th September 2022 •

Well as I said I am just gona sell my stuff in the "real" world instead, so all RM, couriers and Ebay will lose my business. Cex, Cash Converters and the like will gain my business. I don't have the time to wait around for these companies to pull their fingers out

Mike • 29th September 2022 •

Royal Mail should never have been privatised. Everybody knows the letter business is a public service, not a profit making entity. Hospital letters, tax letters, council tax, junk mail, none of this makes money. Can see the parcels side being hived off and the taxpayer left to pick up a diminished and unprofitable letter service. The RM board are essentially asset strippers who have planned this since privatisation. The only winners here will be RM shareholders and the board. Leaving an even more unprofitable letters business behind for all of us to pay for. Could spell the end for businesses sending small items through the post, or at least vastly increase the cost through having to use couriers.

andy • 28th September 2022 •

Well, this is a disaster for my small business. I have no alternative to using large letter post and my customers will have no idea when their orders might arrive from now on. I had some sympathy with the posties but the union is now taking liberties and on top of all the other economic problems the country faces industrial action will just about finish a lot of us off. Who will pay taxes then?

Stigmas • 29th September 2022 •