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Sad day for UK postal service

9th June 2011

Following the passage of the Postal Services Bill through parliament today (Thursday) the Communication Workers Union warns that the government has put services and post offices at risk in favour of private capital.

Billy Hayes , CWU general secretary, said: "Today is a sad day for the UK postal service. The days are numbered for the post office network, postal deliveries and services as we know them.

"How the government can call breaking up and flogging the Royal Mail 'securing the future of postal services' beggars belief. This government is destroying public services and the fabric of our economy and society. They are taking a wrecking ball to anything in sight.

"Our campaign against privatisation will continue. A buyer is yet to be found and despite the uncertainties ahead the CWU will be here throughout to fight for the jobs of postal workers and the services they provide to customers and communities across the UK."

CWU in the news - Privatisation

9th June 2011

The Postal Services Bill returns to the House of Commons today to vote on amendments from the Lords. As a result this is a high profile media day for the union.

Nationally there has been a strong presence from early this morning with the general secretary, Billy Hayes , appearing on ITV Daybreak and Sky Breakfast News . The general secretary has welcomed the amendments on TV but made it clear that there is, as yet, no buyer and that CWU will continue to represent postal workers into the future, defending jobs and services. He has also said "privatisation of the postal service is still wrong".

In addition to the general secretary, the CWU has been proactive at expressing the view from postal workers in the country. As part of this media strategy CWU representatives Rob Wotherspoon from Bristol and Dominic Beck from London were presented to explain the impact on postal workers as case studies. Both of these representatives were filmed and shown on ITV and Sky News . Other CWU officials and representatives are appearing on regional broadcast outlets.

It is important that the union's message is consistent. For assistance please read the latest press release . It would also be beneficial if more case study individuals representing the postal workers view that privatisation is wrong are available for comment.


Postal Privatisation looms

8th June 2011

The Communication Workers Union warns that the UK's postal service faces an uncertain future once the Postal Services Bill passes through parliament tomorrow (Thursday).

MPs will vote on amendments to the Bill tomorrow in the final parliamentary stage before Royal Assent, expected later this month. The legislation will enable the full or part privatisation of Royal Mail and will sever the link between mail business and the post office network. The legislation will also mean the government taking on the historic pension deficit and will abolish Postcomm and give regulatory control of postal services to Ofcom.

Billy Hayes , CWU general secretary, said: "The UK's postal services face an uncertain future because of the government's Bill. Without strong guarantees the post office network could be stripped of a third of its income when Royal Mail is privatised leading to thousands of closures.

"The new law means the Universal Service, six days a week one-price-goes-anywhere, could be downgraded in just four years and we fear that consumers will see massive price hikes. Privatisation has lead to a three-day a week rural service in the Netherlands and postage costs twice as high as ours in Germany.

"Royal Mail is already under huge pressure from the government to slim down and appear attractive to a private buyer. There's no evidence that a buyer exists and this uncertainty is very stressful for postal workers.

"Regardless of who buys this business, the CWU will still be representing the interests of postal workers. We will be fighting for jobs and services for the long-term as we are not governed by the short term profit motives of 'spivs and gamblers', in the Cabinet or elsewhere."

A poll of subpostmasters on behalf of the CWU published last month showed 92 per cent thought their post office was either very unlikely or unlikely to survive without mails business provided by Royal Mail. Less than 1 per cent said they would be very likely to survive.



CWU helps Labour to election victories

11th May 2011

The CWU played an active part in the 5 th May elections, helping Labour to victory in several key seats and campaigning against Royal Mail privatisation and its impact on local post offices.

The union focused efforts on 12 councils, including Chesterfield where Labour gained 24 seats and won control of the council from the Lib Dems, as well as Gedling in Nottingham and Blackpool where Labour gained control of both councils at the expense of the Tories.

With a high profile billboard and advertising campaign, coupled with members out delivering our election leaflets, the issue of post office closures, and the danger that privatisation poses to the postal service, were firmly on the election agenda.

In all of the areas where CWU campaigned, Labour made significant gains, a total of 136 council seats. Seven CWU supported candidates, many of whom are active members, won seats for Labour.

Billy Hayes , CWU general secretary, said: "We are proud to have helped Labour make progress in last week's elections and to have raised awareness of the threat that postal privatisation means to services and post office closures.

"Our Regional Secretaries played a key role in election campaigning and many CWU members helped with campaign work in local constituencies. Their efforts paid off with the seats and council control won by Labour and we thank them for standing up against the Conservative-led government's damaging agenda of cuts and privatisation."

CWU also played an active part in supporting Labour's Jon Ashworth in his successful campaign to win the parliamentary by-election in Leicester South. The seat was won with a 12 per cent swing to Labour and increased majority of 12,078.

CWU welcomes amendments
to Postal Services Bill

13th April 2011

The Communication Workers Union today (Wednesday) welcomed the amendments to the Postal Services Bill published by government department BIS. The union has been campaigning to protect the universal service obligation (USO) and the future of post offices and the amendments to the Bill go some way to reflecting those aims. The union has been in dialogue with BIS Ministers and has briefed MPs and Lords on these issues consistently over recent months. In acknowledging that the amendments go some way to support both the USO and the future of post offices, the union is clear that more needs to be done.

Billy Hayes , CWU general secretary, said: "We warmly welcome these amendments from the Minister to the Postal Services Bill. We have been campaigning hard to safeguard the UK 's universal postal service and to secure both mails services and the post office network. We are pleased that the Government has taken on board some of our concerns and we will continue to campaign and have dialogue with government to strengthen the Bill in other areas including more necessary work on regulations.

"The amendments on the universal service and the commercial relationship between Royal Mail and the Post Office have been key campaign aims for the union and we are delighted the Government has listened. We are looking for a clearer commitment to an inter-business agreement between Royal Mail and the Post Office, but this is a good step towards that aim."

Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary (postal) said: "The union recognises these amendments as welcome and important developments. They have been achieved as a direct result of our campaign and ongoing dialogue with the Government. However, we also acknowledge that on regulation, there remains a lot of work to do in order to achieve a genuinely level playing field."

The CWU has consistently raised concerns about unfair regulations and the adverse impact on Royal Mail's finances.

"There has been a definite shift toward fairness, but it remains the case that the historical damage cannot be reversed and that regulatory powers are still open to interpretation. The union will continue to focus on the importance of fair regulation now and in the future," Dave Ward added.

The union has met with Government Ministers and the union understands the impact of the amendments to be as follows:

  • New powers for the regulator Ofcom, to allowit to better monitor any potential threats to theuniversalservice arising from end-to-end competition.

    The Government explained that the purpose of this amendment is to curtail the potential for any'cherry picking' of end-to-end competition that would undermine theuniversalservice.We understand that any end-to-end service provider will have to gradually meet performance standards set by theregulator.
  • A new requirement on Ofcom to have regard to the need for theuniversalservice provider to earn a reasonable commercial rate of return on the provision of that service.

    The Government has explained that Royal Mail will, in the future, be able to make a profit on its existing loss-making USO products.This is dependent on Royal Mail publishing more transparent accounts to establish the real cost of the USO.It is unclear as to what that commercial rate of return will be and how it will be generated.
  • Ensuring that Royal Mail can remain the sole provider of theuniversalservice for at least the next10 years .

    The Government has explain that this amendment is designed to close the loophole whereby Royal Mail could have been removed as theuniversalservice provider following a review by theregulator.
  • Government reports more information to Parliament, including details of the ongoing commercial relationship between Royal Mail and the Post Office.

    The Government has explained this will assist in creating a sustainable inter-business relationship between Royal Mail and the Post Office. This falls short of an inter-business agreement, but we understandParliament will have the opportunity to receive regular reports on the ongoing nature of the relationship.
  • Parliament has the opportunity to scrutinise and vote on proposals for the mutualisation of Post Office Limited in the future .

    This means that any final decision on mutualisation would need to go back toParliament.

The CWU has campaigned against the sale of Royal Mail but has specifically campaigned around the need for fairer regulations, an inter-business agreement between Royal Mail and Post Office Limited and a long-term sustainable protection of the USO. In recent months, the union has met many coalition MPs and Lords. Further amendments are tabled in the House of Lords. An Early Day Motion tabled in the House of Commons on safeguarding the USO has received 162 signatures including 47 coalition MPs.

The report stage in the House of Lords is set for May 4th .

Organising the future!

5th April 2011

A major drive to extend the power and influence of the CWU in workplaces where the union is not currently recognised is currently underway - spearheaded by a special Organising Conference which took place in Manchester at the weekend.

Around 50 activists from 15 distinct employment areas that are currently being targeted by the CWU took part in the two-day event which, it is hoped, will consolidate considerable gains that have been made in local organising and recruitment drives over recent months.

Amongst those present were activists from Virgin Media, Everything Everywhere, HeroTSC, Manpower, Rias, Sky, Talk Talk, Teletech, Cable & Wireless, Vodafone and UK Mail.

In most of those companies the CWU is not presently recognised for collective bargaining purposes - though in the ex-Telewest part of Virgin Media and Manpower the CWU already has long-established recognition agreements covering specific bargaining groups which the union is currently striving to expand.

Also present were activists from Adecco in Liverpool and BT Managed Services Ltd where the union has recently secured recognition. Those reps provided encouragement and advice to their unrecognised sector counterparts, outlining the strategies and recruitment advice that yielded success in their own areas.

A packed schedule of events was focussed on a series of workshops facilitated by organisers from the CWU's national organising department - but began with a rousing welcome by CWU general secretary Billy Hayes .

Billy pointed out that, with just a quarter of UK employees working for employers that recognise trade unions, those in the unrecognised sector are in the vanguard of the wider movement's efforts to reverse decades of membership decline.

"In many ways you are more in tune with the world of work than people in the recognised sector," Billy said. "You know what it's like to be in an environment where companies can introduce sweeping changes without employees having the safeguard of union intervention to mediate and challenge those proposals.

"In 1979 there were 12 million people in Britain in trade union membership and there's no reason we can't go back to that - but in order to get there we need to learn from and value your direct experience."

Billy stressed that there's "no ready-made template" about what it is to be a trade union activist - but that "certain traits" are virtually always present. "If you're active in a trade union there's a strong likelihood that you'll be active in something else - you don't just sort out problems at work. Above all, it's a sense of social justice - the person on the bus who gets up and says 'I don't like what's going on here'.

"I'm sure that everyone here today has had the experience of hearing others saying 'someone should do something about this or that' - and then everyone turning round and looking at you!

"We're trying to tap into that spirt - and we're trying to create leaders. Bad leaders create followers. We don't want you to be followers of the CWU - we want you to be leaders, because good leaders create more and more leaders.

"We've got a difficult task ahead, but we're up for that at the CWU - and above all we want you to extend our coverage and encourage new people to become trade unionists."

Full coverage of the Conference will appear in the next issue of CWU Voice and on CWUTV - but already the event's organisers are confident the event has given a renewed impetus to the union's ongoing efforts to recruit and organise throughout the unrecognised telecommunications and postal sectors.

National organising secretary, John East , concludes: "This conference has brought together workplace organisers from right across the communications industries. Those present have learnt from the experience of each other and set up their own network of activists to share ideas and successes in building the CWU.

"The energy and enthusiasm of the participants is a fantastic inspiration to all in the CWU. The CWU organising department team will continue to work with these activists to help them to create strong groupings within each of their companies, able to influence the management practices in what can often be harsh regimes at work."

He went on to say: "The CWU has set its sights on becoming the union of choice for all communication and financial services employees. This conference has given further impetus to that cause, as the activists present committed themselves to expand the union's influence and to build tomorrow together."

Postal services at the heart of Labour's local elections campaign

31st March 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband today (Thursday) launched Labour's campaign for England's council elections, a campaign in which the defence of postal services will be a key part of the fight against the government's reckless attacks on public services.

With local CWU branch members sat right behind him at the launch event, Mr Miliband pledged: "Labour will be your community's first line of defence against the damage being done by a Conservative-led government and their Liberal Democrat allies."

And during the subsequent question and answer session, the Labour leader vowed: "We are absolutely opposed" to any sale of Royal Mail, in response to a question from Birmingham CWU Branch secretary Steve Reid.

CWU general secretary Billy Hayes commented: "This shows that Labour's leadership is alert to how serious is the threat to the post office network from Royal Mail privatisation."

CWU also won strong support from the Labour leader at the party's national policy forum in Nottingham last Friday.

"We are with you against the wholesale privatisation of the Royal Mail that is being undertaken. It is the wrong thing for Royal Mail in my view and is why we voted against it in Parliament," said Mr Miliband, in reply to Nottingham CWU member Paul Murfin.

As well as consistently making the case against privatisation, the Labour Party also plans to put the issue of post office closures high on the local election agenda. Candidates and their supporters - including CWU members - will explain to voters how the government's sell-off plan will threaten the future of the post office network in communities right across the country.

CWU Midlands regional secretary Lee Barron welcomed the Labour leader's comments and vowed to "campaign hard with Labour to expose the disastrous Postal Services Bill."

March for Alternative

28th March 2011

On Saturday 26th March 2011, half a million protesters took to the streets of London to support the anti-cuts demonstration organised by the TUC. In what was a largely peaceful march, members of the public from all walks of life joined forces to show the Con-Dem government just what they thought of their sweeping agenda of cuts. Winding their way through London, the march culminated in a mass rally where speakers addressed the crowd, including Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party as well as TUC general secretary Brendan Barber and Billy Hayes, CWU general secretary.

The CWU contingent, numbering about 1,000, assembled at Unilever House from where they marched on to join the rest of the protestors at Embankment and on to the rally in Hyde Park. Waving flags and banners, the CWU cut a colourful and vibrant group touting slogans against the cuts and against the privatisation of Royal Mail.

Tony Kearns , CWU senior deputy general secretary said: "Saturday's march was estimated as one of the five biggest in British history. I applaud all CWU marchers who took part in what was a fantastic day. The mood was festive and energetic throughout the five hours it took us to march to Hyde Park - there were so many people it took us over two hours to reach the official start point at Embankment!

"Overall the success of Saturday's march could be seen in the sheer number that turned up with banners, flags and home made posters.

"We will continue to stand in solidarity against the damaging cuts proposed by the Con-Dem government and against the privatisation of Royal Mail. Let's use this momentum to apply maximum pressure to the government to put an end to their dramatic agenda of cuts."

CWU general secretary, Billy Hayes said: " Those who turned out were marching for a positive future, a future which the sweeping agenda of cuts does not support. The 500,000-strong group out on the streets on Saturday are evidence that these cuts will not work, that there is an alternative and that the government need to wake up and listen to the people. We need to continue the fight until this happens."

Royal Mail share cut ‘scam'

23rd March 2011

Royal Mail has today (Tuesday) briefed staff about ColleagueShare valuations which leave postal workers up to £1,400 out of pocket, the Communication Workers Union has learnt. The union knows that Royal Mail has paid out ColleagueShare to staff who have left the company in the last six weeks and this exposes their argument that the shares are worthless - if they had no value then other staff should not have received payments recently.

ColleagueShare was introduced in 2007 as a 'phantom share scheme' which pays out bonuses to staff based on the value of the company. The formula was agreed between Royal Mail and the government but CWU was deliberately excluded from those discussions and remains in the dark about operational details of the scheme. It has paid out up to £1,600 to postal workers so far and was due to pay out a further £1,400 this year, up to a limit of £5,300 over the five year life of the scheme.

Dave Ward , CWU deputy general secretary, said: "Royal Mail has destroyed any remaining trust that postal workers have for the company. Their argument that ColleagueShare has no value suits the company's new business plan and also fits with the agenda of the Conservative-led government and plans to privatise Royal Mail.

"It would appear that Royal Mail is manipulating the numbers to avoid paying staff earned bonuses and to help the government to privatise the company at a rock bottom price. This is bad news for the taxpayer, bad news for postal services, and bad news for Royal Mail workers.

"We acknowledge Royal Mail has problems with declining mail volumes and revenue but the company needs to honour its commitments to workers and be open and transparent about its financial problems.

"This news will anger workers and many of them will want the union to take action. This announcement comes hard on the heels of another announcement about job losses and we say to the company: don't follow your usual road to conflict. Work with the union, rectify this mistake and honour all your commitments to your staff."

Attached are two Royal Mail documents - the first is the letter being distributed to staff today about ColleagueShare, the second is the company's guide to the ColleagueShare plan.

View the latest Letter to Members: CWU response to Royal Mail Group annuoncement on ColleagueShare .


Government betrays Post Office by cutting contract, says CWU

3rd March 2011

The government's u-turn on channelling business through the Post Office spells disaster for the future of the post office network and is a "betrayal of Britain's most vulnerable", says the Communication Workers Union.

The Department for Work and Pensions has today (Thursday) announced that the government is taking the contract for benefit payments away from the Post Office and giving it to private company PayPoint. The contract was worth £15 million a year to the Post Office and brought vital footfall into the network. The government promised to make the Post Office the "front office for government" in November, but is now cutting even existing services.

Billy Hayes, CWU general secretary, said: "This is a cut too far. Taking government business away from the Post Office on top of privatising Royal Mail and taking that business away will cause the biggest closure programme we've ever seen. What they take away in revenue, the government will either have to give back through subsidy or promote mass closures.

"The government can't be trusted with our public services, our post offices or the care of the most vulnerable. This cabinet of millionaires has no idea what it's like running a small business where the loss of one or two revenue streams can make the difference between profit and loss. Post offices are a lifeline to many communities across the country.

"The government has lied to voters about safeguarding the post office network. Instead of increasing work they're taking it away. Instead of promoting trusted government-owned brands which are accessible to everyone, they've chosen a private company which many vulnerable people on benefits will not be able to access. It's a betrayal of Britain's most vulnerable and a despicable act of vandalism on our post office network."

On the 9 th November 2010, Minister for Postal Affairs Ed Davey said in a Ministerial Statement that the government would find: "New opportunities for Post Office as the 'Front Office for Government', including examples of new pilots the Post Office is conducting in conjunction with Government Departments and closer working with local authorities."

The Postal Services Bill (which is currently in the House of Lords) proposes to split the Post Office away from Royal Mail and provides no inter-business agreement to guarantee work and revenue for the Post Office. This is worth a third of the Post Office's income.

Billy Hayes re-elected CWU general secretary

1st February 2011

Billy Hayes has been re-elected general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU)
for a third term of office.

Elections are held at least every five years for the post of general secretary, which is the leader of the union. Nominations closed yesterday (Monday) and Billy Hayes was the only candidate nominated by the union's branches. He is therefore elected unopposed..

Billy Hayes , CWU general secretary, said: "There are huge challenges facing the industries in which our members work and I'm grateful for the endorsement of this union's members to continue leading the CWU.

"It is a privilege to lead this union. Communication industries are changing, but this union will continue to provide the best possible representation for postal, telecommunication and financial services staff. I will continue to develop and integrate the best traditions of the union movement, ensuring that our organisation is strong and confident, equal opportunities remain central and we retain an effective position within the TUC and Labour Party.

"More now than ever working people need trade unions. The attacks from government on working practices through wage freezes, pension changes and barriers to legal representation are daunting. The reality of Cameron's Big Society is mass job losses, attacks on public services and on working and vulnerable people. There is an alternative and trade unions are at the forefront of fighting for better, socially-just change. I urge anyone who is not a member to join a trade union today."

Billy Hayes was first elected CWU general secretary in 2001 and re-elected in 2006. He has been a CWU activist since 1978.

CWU represents 215,000 members in postal, telecommunication and financial services industries.

Tribunal review an attack on workers

27th January 2011

CWU head of legal services Tony Rupa today (Thursday) slammed government plans to restrict the ability of workers to take their employers to tribunal for unfair dismissal.

Business Secretary Vince Cable - who is also overseeing plans to privatise Royal Mail - has announced a consultation into employment tribunals, proposing to restrict access to tribunals to staff with at least two years' service (up from one year) and imposing financial burdens.

"These are dangerous proposals and an outright attack on working people" warned Tony Rupa . "Tribunals are a last hope for many people who have been treated badly or unfairly sacked and who have nowhere else to turn. Putting barriers and restrictions up is an infringement to workers' rights and could allow unscrupulous employers to get rid of staff unfairly without facing any action."

The government has quoted business groups who say that the fear of a tribunal is a major impediment to them hiring people as settling cases costs millions each year.

Sarah Veale , TUC's Head of Employment Rights, said: "People should have the right to have the case heard by a neutral adjudication system and if a dismissal was found to have been unfair they should be compensated. If a dismissal wasn't unfair then that's the end of that.

"It's a nonsense to suggest that every case gets heard and it's a myth that there are huge numbers of bogus claims going into the tribunals."

With the economy in negative growth and more job losses announced this week, prospects for working people look gloomy. Sarah Veale questioned the government's arguments for changing tribunal law, saying "all the evidence demonstrates there's no causal link between the ability to get rid of somebody and the prospects of success for the company."



Dog Control Bill provides progress

20th January 2011

Ahead of the Dog Control Bill reaching committee stage in the House of Lords tomorrow (Friday), the CWU welcomes the progress the bill brings to tackling dangerous dogs.

The key part of the Bill, from the Communication Workers Union's point of view, is a clause which ensures that prosecutions can be brought in cases where out-of-control dogs attack people on private property.

CWU national health, safety and environment officer Dave Joyce said: "The CWU has been pointing out for many years that the vast majority of attacks on our members take place on private property - on garden paths, private driveways and, in many cases, through letter boxes. It is of the utmost importance that this particular aspect of the law is changed as soon as possible as thousands of workers are left vulnerable under current arrangements.

"We fully support the principles of this bill, which would go a long way to improving the current law which is not fit for purpose. Serious attacks on people of all ages and the tragic deaths of dog attack victims over the past year should be reason enough to take this issue seriously. We're particularly interested in what the government response will be and are eagerly awaiting the government response to its consultation on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 which is due early in 2011," Dave explained.

Lord Redesdale's Bill, if it became law, would still allow some exemptions to prosecution, but only in cases where a dog attacks a criminal trespasser, or when a dog is defending its owner from a physical attack.

The Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group is a collection of organisations which has been pushing hard for the new laws, and its spokeswoman Victoria Brown said that, if the Bill passes its Committee Stage - which, in this instance, is just a one-day hearing - then it would be expected to return to the House for a final vote within the next month.

"After that," she explained, "we're hoping that a Member of Parliament will agree to sponsor the Bill through the House of Commons."

The government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is scheduled to publish its own proposals for dog law reform soon and campaigners hope that DEFRA's plans will coincide with Lord Redesdale's.


Inflation leaves workers worse off

19th January 2011

The Communication Workers Union warned government ministers and greedy fat-cat bosses today that they "neglect Britain's workers at their peril" as inflation continued to rise faster than pay.

After last week's revelation that workers' pay had risen by an average of just 2.2 per cent in the private sector - and a negligible 0.75 per cent in the public sector - this week's news shows inflation is now nearing 5 per cent. CWU general secretary Billy Hayes pointed out: "Under every Tory government, wages don't keep up with inflation, leaving workers worse off."

The Bank of England announced that the retail price index (RPI) rose to 4.8 per cent last month, while the consumer price index (CPI) has hit 3.7 per cent - a higher-than-expected hike of 0.4 per cent on the previous month.

"Last year, the CWU agreed pay settlements with the largest employers that we deal with - Royal Mail and BT - which kept our members ahead of the general trend in both public and private-sector pay," Billy explained.

"If inflation continues on its upward course, poorer people will be left worse off because they spend a greater proportion of their income on goods and services, including food and petrol, which are rocketing in price. Wage restraint is particularly unfair when Britain's bosses are showing absolutely no restraint whatsoever," he added, in reference to the other shock finding of last week's income survey, which found that boardroom directors' pay rocketed by an astronomical 55 per cent.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber has also highlighted how these economic indicators are causing genuine hardship to British workers, explaining that the imbalance between prices and wages adds up to "a very significant real terms pay cut that millions of families are facing."

CWU general secretary Billy Hayes praised Mr Barber for his comments, noting: "Brendan speaks for all hard-working people in this country when he warns of economic hardship and the dangers of inflation."




We can confirm that all the new basic pay supplements agreed as part of the Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond National Agreement will be implemented as part of individual employee pay on the 11 th June.

The supplements due are as follows:-

•  Delivery £20.60 per week.

•  Mail Centres £8.00 per week. Mail Centre employees will also receive a £75 lump sum (pro rata for part time employees) as part of the winding up arrangements from the old productivity scheme called ESOS.

•  Distribution £8.00 per week. Distribution employees will also receive a £75 lump sum (pro rata for part time employees) as part of the winding up arrangements from the old productivity scheme called ESOS.

•  RDCs £11 per week.

•  Walk Bundling Centres £11 per week.

•  MDECs £8.00 per week. MDEC employees will also receive a £75 lump sum (pro rata for part time employees) as part of the winding up arrangements from the old productivity scheme called ESOS.

•  HWDC £20.58 per week.

For delivery employees we have attached a pay schedule that explains how the previous door to door payments and early shift payments will be integrated into the new basic pay supplement.

Where individual members have enquiries relating to their specific pay, in the first instance, these should be pursued locally or alternatively by contacting the appropriate Royal Mail HRSC contact centre. Telephone and email contact details for the HRSC contact centre are printed on the reverse of individual members' payslips.

The Union and Royal Mail will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that employees
receive the supplement they are due.

Any operational issues associated with these changes will be dealt with by the appropriate
national officers in subsequent communications.

Any enquiries on the content of this LTB should be address to the DGS (P) Department.

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward

Deputy General Secretary (P)


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