2 December 2022
Dunne Encourages Early Post for Christmas

South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has urged local residents to post gifts and cards early this Christmas in response to planned industrial action by postal workers.

As a result of CWU strikes, Royal Mail have brought forward its Latest Recommended Posting Dates to help manage the expected impact over the festive period. The CWU intends to take further industrial action on 9, 11, 14, 15, 23 and 24 December.

The changes to Latest Recommended Posting Dates are designed to help the Company keep mail moving in the run up to the Christmas period when mail volumes are higher.

With the threat of more planned CWU strike action across the UK, Royal Mail continues to deploy a range of contingency plans to keep communities, businesses and the country connected throughout the CWU’s ongoing industrial action.

Philip Dunne said, “Christmas is a busy time with many planning to send Christmas cards and presents to friends and family by post. To ensure they arrive in time for Christmas Day, please ensure you take note of the new Latest Recommended Posting Dates below”.


Old Date

New Date

2nd Class

2nd Class Signed For

Royal Mail 48

Monday 19 December

Monday 12 December

1st Class

1st Class Signed For

Royal Mail 24

Tracked 48


Wednesday 21 December

Friday 16 December

Royal Mail Tracked 24

Thursday 22 December

Monday 19 December

Special Delivery Guaranteed

Friday 23 December

Wednesday 21 December




Greece, Eastern Europe  (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey


Friday 9 December

Saturday 3 December

Czech Republic, Finland,  Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA and Canada


Saturday 10 December

Monday 5 December

Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland  

Monday 12 December 

Wednesday 7 December

Belgium, France, Luxembourg

Wednesday 14 December

Friday 9 December