Royal Mail Black Friday strike action is set to disrupt the busiest time of the year with further date in the planning to disrupt the Christmas period.
It’s worth noting that historically Royal Mail strikes have regularly been called by the CWU in the run up to Christmas – it’s the time of year that puts most pressure on the company and also causes the most disruption to businesses and consumers alike. Ruining someone’s Christmas by leaving their purchases festering in a distribution centre tends to have a much bigger impact that the credit card bills announcing how screwed you are arriving in January.
These strikes are starting to really hurt Posties as well, there a numerous complaints online that they simply can’t afford more days off work – it’s worth remembering that regardless of their pension schemes, generous sick pay and other benefits, these are hard working men and women, out in all weathers and most just want to get their work done and get home to see the kids come home from school and have dinner with their family. They are facing the same financial pressures as the rest of the country and strike days are killing their finances.
Black Friday Strike Action
- Thursday 24th November
- Black Friday 25th November
- Wednesday 30th November
- Thursday 1st December
These days are designed to let Black Friday sales be caught up in a back log of Thursday’s post, which won’t be cleared by the time Cyber Monday takes place with another deluge of sales. And just to make sure that the delays last a bit longer two days after Cyber Monday another two day’s strikes will take place.
The CWU are meeting this Thursday, the 3rd of November, to discuss a follow up to the Black Friday strike action with the aim of making Christmas as miserable as possible. They will also hold a vote among members with the union hoping that Royal Mail workers will reject the deal Royal Mail offered on Monday, and ask if workers have confidence in Simon Thompson as Royal Mail CEO.