Royal Mail has received official notification from the Union representing its postal workers, that a 24hr strike on 4th November will go ahead if a last minute compromise between the two parties cannot be met. Guernsey Post is reassuring its customers that the Company is doing everything it can to reduce disruption should Industrial Action take place.
Boley Smillie, Chief Executive of Guernsey Post said:"We understand that talks are continuing between the Royal Mail and the Communications Workers Union (CWU) and so there is still hope that the Industrial Action can be avoided. However, we have worked hard to finalise our contingency plans to help minimise disruption for our customers should the worst happen."
Guernsey Post is arranging an additional dispatch to the UK on Saturday 2nd November for Special Delivery items.
Dave Bynam, Head of Network and Planning at Guernsey Post said: "We have received assurances from Royal Mail that every attempt will be made to continue to deliver Special Delivery items during the period of Industrial Action and so we are providing our customers with an extra opportunity to send any urgent items to the UK. We understand that Airsure and International Signed For items will also continue to be processed."
Customers looking to send Special Delivery items should hand these to a member of Guernsey Post's retail team at Envoy House or Smith Street Post Office by 10.00am at the latest so that they can be processed in time to connect with Saturday's plane. Alderney and Sark residents who wish to benefit from Saturday's Special Delivery dispatch are asked to post their items before last posting on Friday 1st November.
The Company will also continue to operate the mail plane to the UK on Monday 4th November.
"The plane will arrive as scheduled on Monday morning with some UK traffic from the weekend. It will later leave for the UK with Special Deliveries, Airsure and International Signed For items only. All other UK and International items will be transferred to the mainland by boat, incurring a 24hr delay to deliveries," continued Mr Bynam.
Boley Smillie added: "We apologise for any disruption caused. However, we hope that by operating our contingency plan any disruption is kept to a minimum. Royal Mail has assured us that extra staff will be brought in to process and deliver Monday's delayed mail as quickly as possible. Consequently we hope that any backlog will be cleared quickly and without any ongoing disruption to services."
For more information please contact Guernsey Post's Customer Service team on 711720. Guernsey Post will regularly update its Twitter and Facebook pages.