Royal Mail Woes Continue As Strikes Planned Throughout December Including Christmas Eve
The saga continues for Royal Mail as crisis talks with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have not progressed. With neither side looking to concede to the other, continued strike action is now being planned throughout December causing real concerns for Royal Mail and its customers.
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This battle has been rolling on for a number of months now with many eCommerce sellers hopeful a resolution would be reached and a return to normal for those that used the Royal Mail services for their business.
Even with all of the ongoing negotiations, the CWU stands by its claims that Royal Mail is trying to cut costs and ensure its workers get a much worse deal than they believe they are entitled to.
Yesterday the CWU tweeted details of the latest ‘offer’ from Royal Mail on their official Twitter account and noted how it had been rejected by the CWU executives.
Royal Mail Christmas Delivery Dates Likely Affected
In response to the ongoing failure to reach terms, the CWU has released a large number of strike dates throughout December, aimed at causing maximum disruption to the company in its busiest time of the year.
Most notable are the strike dates of Friday and Saturday the 23rd and 24th of December. If the strikes go ahead this is going to cause almost certain disruption to the delivery before Christmas dates that all courier companies announce to ensure customers know when they will expect their items.
As Royal Mail continue to blame the CWU for the disruption and the CWU continues to blame Royal Mail for alleged profiteering and not looking after their workers, it is the general public and businesses that are going to be most affected.
Strike action is also due to take place this week and next week to disrupt the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales period.
You can see an updated list of dates that Royal Mail workers will be striking over the next few weeks below:
Thursday 24th November
Friday 25th November
Wednesday 30th November
Thursday 1st December
Friday 9th December
Sunday 11th December
Wednesday 14th December
Thursday 15th December
Friday 23rd December
Saturday 24th December
We will keep you updated as this story develops.
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Dave is a Co-Founder of eSeller365. For over 10 years he has been involved with eCommerce with a particular interest in the marketplaces and the huge opportunities available for sellers when utilizing a multi-channel strategy. After a year of being the UK’s youngest eCommerce consultant, he built an education platform called UnderstandingE that showed the world how to utilize Magento as the “Third Generation of Multi-Channel software”.
Dave has also created a YouTube channel dedicated to entrepreneurship and eCommerce as well as a podcast dedicated to mental health awareness. When Dave isn’t working his main interests include learning and playing Chess, researching the Crypto and NFT space, and trying to find the nearest beach.