What You Need to Know about the Royal Mail Strike 2022

Following several strike days this year, postal workers have planned further Royal Mail strikes through November and December.

Royal Mail are in discussion about bringing the strikes to an end, but for now the courier still have partial strikes planned where some factions of the business will strike on alternating days throughout November and December. Find the full list of postal strike dates below.

The Royal Mail strike is a result of over 115,000 postal workers asking for a pay rise in line with inflation. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) have asked for pay that “covers the cost of the current cost of living.”

But how will the Royal Mail strike affect you?


Royal Mail Strike 2022 FAQs

We answer your commonly asked questions and explain your parcel sending options while Royal Mail strikes.


When are Royal Mail on strike?

Royal Mail are on strike on:

  • Thursday 24 November
  • Friday 25 November
  • Wednesday 30 November
  • Thursday 1 December
  • Friday 9 December
  • Sunday 11 December
  • Wednesday 14 December
  • Thursday 15 December
  • Friday 23 December
  • Saturday 24 December


It’s good to know that there will be disruption to Royal Mail services on the days after strike days too, while some services resume to normal. Strike days could change if payment terms can be agreed and if not, there could be further strikes in the future - Parcel2Go will keep you updated.


What services are affected by the Royal Mail strike?

All Royal Mail and Parcelforce services will be affected by the strikes. That means that if you send with one of these services, collections may be delayed until after strike days and your parcel could take longer to arrive. Parcelforce won't be collecting parcels on strike days or the day before strike days.

To avoid delays, you could use a different delivery service as a Royal Mail alternative while UK postal strikes continue. Shipping with Parcel2Go starts from £2.15 exc VAT and we have over 20 couriers to choose from.

We ship overseas using some of the most trusted international couriers, so no matter where you need to ship your parcel to, we’ve got a service for you.


Can I use post boxes and post offices while Royal Mail strikes?

Yes, you can post letters and take parcels to the post office on the Royal Mail strike days but it’s important to know that there will be limited to no collections from the post office on those days. That means your parcel may take longer to arrive than you would normally expect, and tracking for Royal Mail and Parcelforce parcels sent during the strike may be limited.

If you’re in a hurry, take a look at our next day delivery services. And remember that you get free tracking on all of our services, so you’ll know exactly when your parcel will arrive.


What other delivery services are available during Royal Mail strikes?

At Parcel2Go, we work with the UK’s best courier services on top of Royal Mail. For a service you can rely on during the Royal Mail strike, choose from Evri, DPD, Yodel Direct, DHL, UPS and more.

Postage starts from just £2.15 exc VAT and we offer a variety of services including next day delivery, large parcel delivery, collection and drop off services. With over 25,000 drop shop locations, your local drop of point may even be closer than you think!

And if you usually use Royal Mail International Tracked, we have a variety of international delivery services at lower price points too.

We’re here to support you during the Royal Mail strike and we’ll keep you updated on your best options. If you have a parcel to send, pop the dimensions and destination in our quick quote tool and we’ll show you all your parcel delivery options.


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