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Postal strike could ‘cancel Christmas’
10th October 2017

By Sandra Pearce


Royal Mail workers have voted to take strike action over a change to their pensions.

ParcelHero says it is vital people are made aware of courier alternatives, but warns strike action will lead to delays and cancellations across the delivery network.

“For some families, the timing of any strike or work to rule could mean that Christmas is cancelled by this action,” said David Jinks, ParcelHero’s head of consumer research. “If industrial action goes into the seasonal period it will have a huge impact. Even if the strikes are limited, it will have significant consequences across the industry as other delivery companies try to absorb the extra volumes at this hugely busy period.”

He added: “The worry is that last year Royal Mail delivered 130m parcels at Christmas. That’s a huge volume facing courier services in the UK if the Royal Mail takes any kind of industrial action over the Christmas period.
 

“Last year e-commerce overtook in-store sales at Christmas for the first time; online Christmas spending was a whopping £133b... Any Royal Mail strike action – however limited – will lead to significant stretching of the entire industry over Christmas.”