Royal Mail Strike Action Called

Strike action impacting Royal Mail deliveries. 

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called on its members at Royal Mail to take strike action over the next 2 months; August and September. 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

At this stage, we expect all shipments processed with Royal Mail on or around the strike dates to incur delays of at least 72 hours, as there will be a significant impact on the network over the strike period.

All orders received after 3pm on Thursday the 25th of August will not be shipped until Tuesday the 30th (due in part to the bank holiday on Monday the 29th) As the following day (Wednesday the 31st) is a strike day, even if your order has been shipped and collected by Royal Mail on the 30th, movement of your order through their system will be incredibly slow.

The same is said for any orders placed after 3pm on Wednesday the 7th of September. These orders will not be shipped until Monday the 12th, but delivery times will exceed the norm due to the backlog of letters and parcels that Royal Mail will be experiencing.

Safe Response highly recommends that all of our customers, UK and international, take this into consideration when ordering from us. Although we normally ship all orders placed before 12pm that same day we are able, we will be unable to ship via Royal Mail on the strike days and delivery times will be extremely spotty over the weeks that the strikes are in place.

We ask for your patience and consideration over these two weeks, as unfortunately, we can do nothing to control the situation.

What can you do:

Place your order early - try to avoid ordering just before or on a strike day.

Use a faster shipping service - Select our signed and tracked service if your delivery is urgent. Although these will still not be collected on strike days, Royal Mail will be attempting as many deliveries as possible of special delivery items. This tracked 24 service will take priority over other options.

Arrange for your delivery - tell us about your safe place as we will be unable to guarantee a delivery day. If you have a neighbour or safe place for the package, then let us know in the order notes section and we will add this to your delivery information.

Allow for a delay - after strike days it will take few days to get back to normal.

If you have an urgent order during the strike action, please contact us and we can look into alternative delivery options for you.

This shows the disruption and when things are expected to be back to normal, but due to the strike days delivered may take extra time to recover due the amount of items within the Royal Mail system.

Royal Mail strike dates and delivery dates