The Greeting Card Association met with Royal Mail ahead of postal strikes taking place on 26 and 31 August and 8 and 9 September.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called on its members who collect, sort and deliver parcels and letters to take strike action. Royal Mail has said it will do everything it can to minimise disruption and get its services back to normal as quickly as possible, but greeting cards won’t be delivered on strike days.
GCA CEO Amanda Fergusson told Greetings Today: “The message to all consumers is to post greeting cards early for occasions around this period. The GCA are in regular contact with the Royal Mail, representing the interests of the greeting card industry.’’
Royal Mail said retailers should advise customers to post items as early as possible in advance of the strike dates and to continue to post items at post boxes or Post Offices, noting that collections will be less frequent on days when strike action is taking place.
Royal Mail told the GCA: “We’re really sorry for the disruption that this strike action is likely to cause. We want to reassure you we will do everything we can to minimise disruption and get our services back to normal as quickly as possible. We will be doing what we can to keep services running, but customers should expect significant disruption.”
For updated information head to www.gca.cards/gca-talks-with-royal-mail-update/
For more detail on deliveries around the strikes visit Royal Mail.