Royal Mail strikes: Bristol postal workers begin 19 days of walkouts - 18 other strike dates confirmed

Royal Mail workers will be on strike today (Thursday October 13) in Bristol.

Royal Mail postal workers in Bristol started 19 days of strike action on Thursday.

The CWU (Communications Workers Union) will be picketing outside Royal Mail offices - they have roughly 115,000 members.

The strikes will cover Black Friday, which, under normal circumstances, would be one of the most lucrative periods of the year for postal services.

The UK has been affected by several striking workforces in 2022, including barrister strikes, 999 call handler strikes and the ongoing rail strikes.

Why are Royal Mail workers on strike?

The postal strike comes as a response to issues such as unsatisfactory salaries and cuts in sick pay to Royal Mail workers.

A spokesperson for Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail has well-developed contingency plans, but we cannot fully replace the daily efforts of our frontline workforce.

“We’ll be doing what we can to keep services running, but we are sorry this planned strike action is likely to cause you some disruption.”

Royal Mail workers on strike are protesting against poor pay and job security, amongst other things.

How will the post be affected by the strikes?

If you need to make a delivery online during the strike dates, it will eventually arrive at its intended destination - however, it may take longer than usual.

Additionally, no items will be delivered on days where delivery drivers are striking.

We’ll include a full list of all Royal Mail strike days in the coming months. This will include the dates and the section/s of the Royal Mail that will be striking on those days.

Here is a full list of Royal Mail strike dates in 2022, according to the CWU.

Full list of Royal Mail strikes dates in 2022

October

  • October 13 to 14 - All sectors
  • October 20 to 21 - All sectors
  • October 25 to 26 - All sectors

November

  • November 2 to 3 - All sectors
  • November 3 to 4 - Processing, Area Distribution, International, Collections, Admin and MDEC
  • November 4 to 5 - Deliveries
  • November 8 to 9 - All sectors
  • November 9 to 10 - Processing, Area Distribution, International, Collections, Admin and MDEC
  • November 10 to 11 - Deliveries
  • November 14 to 15 - All sectors
  • November 15 to 16 - Processing, Area Distribution, International, Collections, Admin and MDEC
  • November 16 to 17 - Deliveries

Black Friday Week

  • November 23 - 24 - All sectors
  • November 24 to 25 - Processing, Area Distribution, International, Collections, Admin and MDEC
  • November 25 to 26 - Deliveries
  • November 28 to 29 - All sectors
  • November 30 to December 1 - All sectors
  • December 1 to 2 - Processing, Area Distribution, International, Collections, Admin and MDEC
  • December 2 to 3 - Deliveries