The Postal Strike – what can we do about it?
Today, Thursday 4th October marks the start of a prolonged period of industrial action by the Royal Mail postal workers. They are in dispute with management over pay and reforms to the postal service.
Industrial action has been going on for some months, with different parts of the network going on strike at different times. This strike action starting today is a 48-hour walk out of all staff. Another 48-hour strike is planned for Monday and Tuesday of next week.
Unions are in last minute talks with management to try to avert this action and bring about a settlement, however, the team at Everything Dinosaur has already put in place plans to cope with deliveries whilst this industrial action takes place.
Firstly, we will be sending out parcels this morning, we have arranged with the Post Office service team we use to get customer’s parcels to a local depot in time for a late morning collection. At least items ordered this morning and last night will start their journey.
Secondly, staff have agreed to work late Friday to permit us to prepare and pack parcels so that we can despatch on Saturday morning, after the first strike action has taken place.
We have in place arrangements to permit us to take advantage of any unscheduled collections that may take place with the second period of strike action next week, our good working relationship with the local Post Office staff has enabled us to take advantage of any opportunities to get parcels out as and when they occur.
We have also introduced recently a discounted courier service. This subsidised courier service (signed for 3-day parcel service) covers a very large part of the UK, more information can be found on the relevant section of the Everything Dinosaur web page:
Delivery options: Delivery Options
Sue and her team are also actively exploring offering a second discounted courier service from a subsidiary of DHL, this parcel delivery service is being considered so that we can offer a permanent alternative to Royal Mail.
Be assured we will do all we can to prepare and pack parcels quickly and get them despatched in a bid to minimise any delay.