Everything Dinosaur have been informed that the forthcoming industrial action at Royal Mail will lead to delays in parcel deliveries both in the UK and overseas. Our customers can be assured that Everything Dinosaur team members will be putting in place measures to protect customers and to minimise disruption as much as is possible.

Team members working hard to despatch parcels.
Everything Dinosaur working hard to manage the despatch of parcels during the period of industrial action at Royal Mail. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Following a ballot amongst its members back in July, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) threatened strike action.

Royal Mail has issued the following statement:

“The Communication Workers Union has informed Royal Mail that they will call upon their members to undertake strike action on the following dates: 26th and 31st August and 8th and 9th September 2022. Royal Mail believes there are no grounds for industrial action. Royal Mail is ready to talk further with the CWU to try to avert damaging industrial action, but it must be about both change and pay.”

Contingency Plans in Place

We have already put in plans to try to mitigate the impact of the proposed industrial action. We intend to implement our Christmas period action plan. This means that we will work longer hours including Sundays to ensure orders are picked, prepared and packed as quickly as we can so that they can be sent out as soon as Royal Mail collections commence.

Dinosaur parcels being loaded
Everything Dinosaur works with several courier companies not just Royal Mail and will be exploring how we can support our delivery service in the light of the announcement of industrial action by the Communication Workers Union (summer/autumn 2022). Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We have an exceptionally good relationship with all the delivery companies that we work with. We have gone out of our way to build effective, strong communication between ourselves and our delivery partners. We have already implemented an action plan to help mitigate this disruption and to minimise any inconvenience that customers might face.”

The proposed CWU strike days:

  • Friday 26th August (Friday before the UK Bank Holiday on Monday 29th August).
  • Wednesday 31st August.
  • Thursday 8th September.
  • Friday 9th September.

CWU must provide Royal Mail with 14 days’ notice prior to any other strike action.

Buy Early – Consider Christmas Purchases

The advice to customers is to buy a few days earlier than they normally would. Please allow extra time for deliveries to be made. If the industrial action continues into the autumn, then it will start to have an impact on Christmas deliveries, so the clear message is shop early for Christmas.

Last year, many retailers had problems obtaining stock in the important sales period in the run up to the festive season. These problems were largely caused by issues with global logistics. Customers were advised to buy early to avoid disappointment, this advice is still relevant. There are on-going problems with global logistics which are likely to be exacerbated by industrial action at Felixstowe port. With potential disruption to mail services, it is advisable and sensible to shop early.

For further information, advice and assistance: Email Everything Dinosaur.