Two weeks of continuous disruption will hit Royal Mail as rotating strike action is planned by the postal workers union CWU.
Although postal workers will individually take 2 days of strike action in the next two weeks, the strikes announced mean that there will be two weeks of continuous disruption to mail services.
The strikes call out separate functions nationally on different days and the timing is aimed at maximising the impact on mail.
The clear escalation of the strike has been called because Royal Mail have made it clear they are unwilling to engage in any meaningful negotiations
“We have contacted Royal Mail leaders on copious occasions, consistently asking for negotiations to find a resolution to the dispute. Royal Mail management continue to ignore the union and its’ workforce. This is absolutely unacceptable”, said Dave Ward, CWU Deputy General Secretary.
A summary of the action:
24-hour walkout by up to 30,000 at mail centres and cash handling centres from 7pm
Few deliveries. 1,200 data entry staff, who sort poorly addressed mail, down tools at noon
All international mail will be hit as 1,000, who sort post from Heathrow, strike.
No deliveries as up to 80,000 posties and staff at collection hubs join the action
Airport workers who load mail on planes walk out at noon
The cycle of chaos starts again with a 3am walkout by mail and cash handlers
Around 2,000 HGV drivers will go out for 24 hours. The cycle will continue until August 8
Workers are simultaneously being asked to follow procedures, to not start early, use their own cars or take bags that are too heavy.
Separate strikes will continue over issues related to post office closures.
Meanwhile, postal workers in Oxford voted to continue their wildcat strike action until at least Monday.
Postal workers' discussion on the new action on royalmailchat.co.uk