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We’re following the latest news about Royal Mail strikes to keep you updated. Here’s what we know so far.

On 9th August 2022, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) – which represents Royal Mail Group workers, announced strike action on four dates in August and September.

The news follows the CWU’s recent ballot for strike action, which saw members vote by 97.6% on a 77% turnout to take action.

This latest announcement comes only weeks after another union, Unite, communicated that 2,400 Royal Mail managers from its members would no longer take strike action between 20th and 22nd July. This followed a ballot which saw a majority in favour of returning to negotiations.

Is Royal Mail striking over summer 2022?

Unfortunately, we are anticipating national disruption to Royal Mail services following the CWU officially confirming Royal Mail workers will strike. Disruption and service delays may be experienced during and immediately following these strike action dates;

  • Friday 26th August
  • Wednesday 31st August
  • Thursday 8th September
  • Friday 9th September

In response to the CWU strike action announcement, Royal Mail released a Service During Industrial Action update commenting that:

‘We’re really sorry for the disruption that this strike action is likely to cause to you. We want to reassure you 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.’ 

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said,

“Nobody takes the decision to strike lightly, but postal workers are being pushed to the brink.”

Will I be affected by a postal strike this summer?

Despite the CWU stating the strike will be national in August and September, there is no official update currently in terms of where in the network the impact will be. Once Royal Mail shares more details about the exact impact, Datagraphic will share details of our contingency actions with our clients.

In the meantime, the following links offer more information regarding the Royal Mail strike:

We continue to monitor this situation closely, and should any further developments affect clients, we’ll make direct contact with you.

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