Aug 19, 2019

Royal Mail accord with workers is ‘under threat’

A fragile peace between Royal Mail and its workforce is in danger of unravelling after a trade union accused the company of not honouring the "Spirit and intent" of an agreement that ended strike threats last year. The Communication Workers Union has alleged that a wide-ranging deal that resolved a bitter dispute sparked by changes to pensions, is "Under threat" from management at the privatised postal service. "Although they are talking as if they are acting within that agreement I don't believe there's any true spirit and intent with them to support that agreement and that's extremely concerning," said CWU deputy general secretary Terry Pullinger in a video message to union members. In a sign of brewing tensions, the union last week warned members of "The eventuality that this dispute may not be resolved by negotiation alone". Royal Mail insisted it was abiding by the terms of the deal and said since the implementation it had awarded two pay rises of 5 and 2 per cent, as well as granting the first hour's reduction in the working week despite only having generated "Some of the savings to pay for it".

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