WITH Christmas just days away, we hope you've already sent out those cards and gifts in the mail to your loved ones.
But will the planned Royal Mail strike affect your festive send-offs?
What are the last days to send post within Britain?
If you’re sending post – letters or packages – to loved ones within the UK, then here are the last dates to get those stamps on.
- Saturday 21 December: Royal Mail Tracked 24®
- Monday 23 December: Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®
- Wednesday 18 December: 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For
- Friday 20 December: 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For and Royal Mail Tracked 48®
What are the last days to send post internationally?
Royal Mail International Standard (airmail) and International tracking signature services are available until December 18, 2019.
- Monday 9 December: Africa, Middle East, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East
- Tuesday 10 December: Cyprus, Malta
- Wednesday 11 December: Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)
- Thursday 12 December: Australia, Greece, New Zealand and Turkey
- Saturday 14 December: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
- Monday 16 December: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
- Wednesday 18 December: Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
Will the Royal Mail strike affect posting dates?
Royal Mail staff are expected to walk out either over Christmas, during the Black Friday sales at the end of November or both.
It would be the latest blow for the formerly state-owned giant which is struggling to compete with the likes of Hermes.
The result of a ballot of 110,000 members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) backed a strike by a massive 97 per cent.
They say dropping to a five-day week would cost 20,000 jobs but the company denies any plan to do so, The Sunday Times reports.
General Secretary Dave Ward said: "This result sends a clear message to Royal Mail Group – our members will not stand by as you rip up their terms and conditions and destroy the service they give to the public and businesses of the UK.
"We would urge Royal Mail Group to now enter serious negotiations with this union. We also call on the public to get behind this dispute and your postal workers.
"We are very proud of our members today. They have stood by their union in record numbers and given hope to workers across the nation."
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