Royal Mail workers are set to strike this month and next in an escalating dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions.
The Communications Workers Union (CWU) officially informed Royal Mail of the November strikes last month and on 17 November confirmed six new strike dates in December.
The Postal Service apologized to customers, saying that while it had “well-developed contingency plans” it was unable to “fully replace the daily efforts of our frontline workers”.
“We will do what we can to keep the services running, but we are sorry that this planned strike action is likely to cause disruption,” the company said on the website.
Here’s everything you need to know about Royal Mail staff strikes.
Postal workers are on strike over a long-running and deepening dispute over wages and working conditions.
CWU General Secretary Dave Ward previously said: “Posties are in the fight of their lives against the uberisation of Royal Mail and the destruction of its terms.
“But 115,000 of our members will not simply accept this war on their livelihoods and their industry.”
A Royal Mail spokesman said: “On Monday 31 October, Royal Mail proposed a new change offer to the CWU worth nine per cent over two years despite posting a loss of £219million in the first half of the year.
“The CWU have had discussions with us at Acas and claim they are open to change, but they now have to show it.
“Instead, the CWU has announced a four-day strike that will further damage our business at our busiest time of the year.
“The CWU is playing a dangerous game with its members’ jobs and the future of Royal Mail.
“We urge the CWU to withdraw these strikes for the benefit of our customers and our employees.
“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience the ongoing CWU strike will cause.
“We’re doing everything we can to minimize delays and keep people, businesses and country connected.”
Thursday, November 24th
Friday November 25th (Black Friday)
Friday December 9th
Sunday December 11th
Wednesday December 14th
Thursday 15 December
Friday 23 December