United Kingdom - Royal Mail and postal workers reach agreement - April 27, 2010

Postal workers have voted to accept a deal on pay, hours and conditions, ending the long-running Royal Mail dispute. In October 2009, postal workers staged a series of strikes in a bitter row over job losses and working conditions. On 27 April, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) announced its members backed the agreement by two to one. The agreement includes a three-year wage rise worth 6.9%, while further payments will accompany the phased introduction of change in the workplace. The working week will reduce by one hour with no loss of pay. Job security guarantees include full-time staff making up at least 75% of the workforce. CWU stated over the next three years, modern machinery and improved operational methods will be introduced and a “culture of co-operation” will see the union fully involved with the phasing in of each stage. Dave Ward, CWU’s deputy General Secretary, commented: “The deal recognises the importance of staff in successfully implementing change and rewarding people for the work” (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 October 2009).

English: http://www.cwu.org/royal-mail-dispute.html; http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/apr/27/royal-mail-postal-workers


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI atwww.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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