Royal Mail has introduced ahead its Christmas supply deadline for purchasers amid ongoing strikes from postal employees.
Members of the Communications Employees Union have been hanging all through December, with extra strike days introduced for the week earlier than Christmas.
The strikes are anticipated to create delays within the supply of parcels and letters on the busiest time of the 12 months for the service.
Royal Mail accused the employees of “holding Christmas to ransom”.
Nick Landon, chief business officer, of Royal Mail, mentioned: “The CWU is hanging at our busiest time, holding Christmas to ransom for our clients, companies, and households throughout the nation.
“We apologise to our clients for any disruption and delay that the CWU strike motion is inflicting. We ask our clients to submit early for Christmas to assist us ship Christmas.”
Royal Mail’s revised deadline for firstclass submit is Friday, December 16, which has been introduced ahead from December 21.
CWU common secretary Dave Ward mentioned: “Royal Mail bosses are risking a Christmas meltdown due to their cussed refusal to deal with their staff with respect.
“Postal employees need to get on with serving the communities they belong to, delivering Christmas presents and tackling the backlog from latest weeks.
“However they know their worth, and they won’t meekly settle for the casualisation of their jobs, the destruction of their situations and the impoverishment of their households.
“This may be resolved if Royal Mail start treating their employees with respect, and meet with the union to resolve this dispute.”
The CWU mentioned it had supplied “easy options” to finish the dispute, together with a back-dated pay deal of 9% over 18 months, a long-term job safety dedication from Royal Mail’s chief govt and a interval of calm for negotiations on the long run path of the corporate.
The union mentioned Royal Mail didn’t provide to fulfill with the CWU, including that deliberate strikes on Wednesday December 14, Thursday December 15, Friday December 23 and Saturday December 24 are set to go forward.
CWU common secretary Dave Ward mentioned: “At present’s actions by the Royal Mail present they couldn’t be much less serious about resolving this dispute or saving Christmas – their sole intention is to destroy the livelihoods of over 115,000 postal employees and wreck the service they supply.
“Posties are going through an outright assault on their livelihoods and dignity, and haven’t any alternative however to see this dispute by to its conclusion.
“The reckless, aggressive and bullying perspective from senior managers of this firm is now completely uncontrolled.
“When our members take strike motion on Wednesday and Thursday, the query each media outlet must be asking is just not why they’re hanging, however why these persons are being allowed to get away with the evaporation of a 500-year-old national treasure.”