Posted: Sun 16th Apr 2023

Royal Mail and Communication Workers Union reach “in principle” agreement on pay

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Apr 16th, 2023

Royal Mail and Communication Workers Union (CWU) negotiators have reached an “in principle” agreement over pay and employment terms, potentially bringing an end to a long-running pay dispute.

The agreement, which is expected to be considered by the CWU’s executive this week and then voted on by union members, could bring an end to the year-long row over pay, jobs, and conditions.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward and deputy general secretary Andy Furey said in a statement: “We have reached a negotiators agreement with Royal Mail Group.”

“The CWU Postal Executive will now meet and consider the agreement on Monday and Tuesday and we are putting in place plans to brief representatives across the unions structures.”

“On the basis that the negotiators agreement is endorsed by the Postal Executive we will put in place a full communications plan to engage members.”

“Thank you for your support and patience. It has got us to this point.”

Royal Mail and CWU’s negotiations have been ongoing since spring 2022, with workers offered a 5.5% pay rise, which the CWU said was equivalent to a 2% increase in real terms.

The union objected to proposed changes to working conditions, including compulsory Sunday working. The disagreement led to Royal Mail workers staging a series of walkouts last year, including during the festive season.

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