WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL LONDON MEMBERS FOR VOTING IN THE INDUSTRIAL ACTION BALLOT AND VOTING YES.
Your support is humbling and very much appreciated. Additionally, we can reassure you that we will not take your support for granted and will ensure you get a better agreement than the one that Royal Mail have offered from any final settlement.
The huge YES vote of 89.1% has clearly signalled to Royal Mail that the overwhelming majority of the workforce has rejected Royal Mail's attack on Pensions, Pay and the Pipeline.
The Postal Executive met yesterday, 5 October 2017, and unanimously agreed the following:-A 48 hour strike from 11:00 on Thursday 19 October until 11:00 Saturday 21 October 2017.This means if you start before 11:00 on Thursday the 19 October you will complete your normal duty. However, you do not protract or work overtime or SA after your duty has finished. You will strike on Friday and Saturday for the whole of your duty.If you start at 11:00 or after 11:00 on Thursday the 19 October you will be on strike on that day and unless your duty starts at 11:00 or after on Saturday the 21 October you will not be in work until your next shift or SA if it is scheduled at or after 11:00 on Saturday 21 October 2017.Night shift workers will be on strike Thursday into Friday and Friday into Saturday.
Due to the necessity in line with the law of putting a commencement time on the Industrial Action we may have overlaps of duties who are on strike when everyone else is working or they are working when everyone is striking, we will just have to do our best in those situations.
Remember when an office is out on strike action no overtime or SA should be worked. If you are offered any overtime to cover another unit check with your Rep first before volunteering for overtime.
Management may offer overtime to people who start after 11:00 on 19 October to bring them in early, please advise these individuals that at 11:00 they should commence their strike.
You may have heard about Royal Mail's threat of obtaining a court injunction. The CWU are going to argue that Royal Mail have taken executive action on closing the DB Pension Scheme and broken the Agenda for Growth Agreement and that there has been external mediation during the talks and that this has been led by Peter Harwood, the ex head conciliator of ACAS, and the union has got a letter from Royal Mail that they did not need to use ACAS within the negotiations.CWU IN THE HIGH COURT THUR/FRI
However, it will be for the judge to decide if it goes to court whether or not an injunction is awarded. Our message to Royal Mail is: YOU WON’T SETTLE THIS DISPUTE IN COURT. YOU NEED TO GET REAL AND GET MOYA GREENE, SUE WHALLEY AND STEVE CAMERON INTO THE NEGOTIATIONS INSTEAD OF DESTROYING THE TALKS FROM INSIDE ROYAL MAIL HEADQUARTERS.
However, until we know any different, the strike is on.
We are therefore calling all CWU members to take strike action on the days the CWU have announced.
Remember, if you are not in the CWU then you can legally take strike action without any comebacks. (We would encourage you to join the CWU).
Additionally, management cannot bully, harass or treat unfavourably any individual who is taking legal balloted strike action. If any Manager attempts to do this report it to your Rep and we will consider whether we take action in line with the law.
Now is the time to stick together and fight for a better agreement.
Rise up and stand together and support the strike action.
Let's make history. We are the many Royal Mail "carpet baggers" senior Directors really are the few.