Today, is the first day of industrial action by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) which will have an impact on the postal services of Royal Mail. Everything Dinosaur team members have put in place measures to protect customers and to minimise the disruption to parcel collection and deliveries.
However, despite our best efforts, there will be delays to UK deliveries and as overseas parcels handled by Royal Mail will also be affected, our customers outside the UK will also face delays in receiving their parcels.
Four Days of Industrial Action Planned
The CWU has called on its members who collect, sort and deliver parcels and letters to take strike action. Four days of industrial action have been announced, starting with today (26th August). Further strike action is planned for Wednesday 31st August, with two further strikes scheduled for September (8th and 9th of September).
Royal Mail has released the following statement:
“We’re really sorry for the disruption that this strike action is likely to cause to you. We want to reassure you we will do everything we can to minimise disruption and get our services back to normal as quickly as possible. Royal Mail has well-developed contingency plans, but they cannot fully replace the daily efforts of its frontline workforce. We will be doing what we can to keep services running, but customers should expect significant disruption.”
A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur confirmed that the UK-based mail order company was not expecting any collections by Royal Mail today. Parcels would still be packed and prepared for collection, but with the Bank Holiday Monday, the earliest deliveries could be sent out would be Tuesday 30th August.
Staff would be working over the weekend and during the Bank Holiday to ensure that as many parcels as possible could be sent out on Tuesday 30th August.
It is hoped that some collection services would be able to take place as Royal Mail management adjusts to the industrial action, but delays to parcel deliveries were inevitable.
Royal Mail has issued advice to its customers stating that it was sensible to “post items as early as possible in advance of the strike dates”. This would help to minimise the disruption.
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