Published On: Thu, Nov 17th, 2022

Royal Mail to end Saturday deliveries after strikes – affecting homeowners across UK


is looking to move from a six-day letter delivery service to five. Boss Simon Thompson vowed to do “whatever it takes” to turn the group around after it suffered significant losses. If this happens, it would affect postcodes across the UK.

According to the PA news agency, half-year results showed it tumbled to a £219million underlying operating loss in the 26 weeks to September 25 against earnings of £235million a year ago.

Three days of strike action in the first half cost Royal Mail some £70million, according to the group. Five days of strikes in October cost it another £30million.

Royal Mail faces the prospect of further strikes from workers, while up to 6,000 staff could be made redundant.

Mr Thompson, chief executive of Royal Mail, said: “We have always been clear we need change to survive.

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The Universal Service Obligation is set out in the Postal Services Act 2011 and it ensures a six day a week, one price goes anywhere, service for the delivery and collection of letters across the UK.

A Government spokesperson said there are “no current plans to change the Universal Service”.

He added: “While we recognise the issues that Royal Mail raise, there would need to be a strong case that showed changes would meet reasonable needs of users of postal services and ensure the financial sustainability of the universal postal service.”

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Royal Mail expects full-year losses of around £350million to £450million, including the direct impact of 12 strike days.

So far this year there have already been eight days of strike action from Royal Mail workers.

More plans have been announced for November and December, affecting the always busy Christmas period of deliveries.

The CWU has notified Royal Mail of planned strikes on November 24, 25, 30 and December 1.

Royal Mail said on its website: “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 will aim to deliver as many Special Delivery and Tracked 24 parcels, Covid test kits, medical prescriptions and Special Delivery letters as possible during national strike action periods.

However, letters generally will not be delivered at this time, and people are advised to post items in advance and continue using post boxes or post offices though collections will be less frequent.



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