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CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

22 Aug 2019, 12:33



cwu wrote:Royal Mail have held a conference call today with every manager and announced a 2.6% pay increase for them.

This is an attempt to buy their loyalty for the impending dispute.

We know you will see through this and deliver the only message that matters - a massive YES vote if we ballot for Industrial Action.

WE HAVE ANNOUNCED AN INDUSTRIAL ACTION BALLOT TIMETABLE IN ROYAL MAIL GROUP - BALLOT PAPERS WILL HE DISPATCHED ON 24th SEPTEMBER IF NO AGREEMENT IS REACHED BEFORE THEN.

22 Aug 2019, 12:34



Terry talks at around 16 mins.

CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

22 Aug 2019, 13:06

CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

22 Aug 2019, 13:57

https://www.cwu.org/ltb/ltb-510-19-four ... timetable/

LTB 510/19 – Four Pillars – Honouring our Agreement: Industrial Action Ballot Timetable
No. 510/19

22nd August 2019



Dear Colleague,

Four Pillars – Honouring our Agreement: Industrial Action Ballot Timetable

Further to the updates provided in LTBs 454/19, 456/19 and 491/19 along with the National Briefings held in Liverpool on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd August 2019, the Postal Executive met today to discuss a Ballot Timetable for Industrial Action to support the CWU’s policy as detailed in Emergency Motion 2, unanimously endorsed at the 2019’s Postal Industrial Conference held in April.

Working in close consultation with the SDGS Department, the Postal Executive endorsed the following ballot timetable for all appropriate CWU grades in the Royal Mail Group:

Membership Verification: to commence and be completed by 3rd September 2019

Issue Industrial Action Notice to Ballot: 17th September 2019

Ballot Opens: 24th September 2019

Ballot Closes: 8th October 2019

Ballot Result: 8th October 2019

While the union has spelt out the above timetable, Branches will note that it still provides a period of weeks for further dialogue/external mediation to continue with the business to try and secure a final settlement on honouring the commitments detailed in the Four Pillars Agreement and all associated issues before the ballot process commences in late September.

It should be further noted that in setting this timetable we clearly believe that the business, in spite of their own media campaign, are not working within the spirit and intent of our National Agreements and are following their own agenda that will have long-term detrimental effects on our members’ terms and conditions of employment, job security and the future of RMG as a whole.

Any enquiries in relation to the content of this LTB should be addressed to the DGS(P) Department.

Yours sincerely,





Terry Pullinger – Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

Dave Ward – General Secretary

Ray Ellis – Assistant Secretary

Andy Furey – Assistant Secretary

Davie Robertson – Assistant Secretary

Mark Baulch – Assistant Secretary

CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

22 Aug 2019, 14:04

If the agreement is legally binding then shouldnt it be a matter for the courts to enforce it rather than us having to strike?

CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

22 Aug 2019, 15:36

I think it has to be made clear to both the CWU & RM that the SWW and any connected or unconnected pay rises are NOT the main reason for us intending to vote YES in favour of industrial action. We will have made clear we are willing to go 'all the way' and preferably announce strike action for the optimum time period to coincide with important mailings such as election mailings for the probable general election in Autumn 2019 and/or from mid to late November when the public start buying Xmas presents online. Maximum effect or pressure, or the definite threat of such industrial action must be brought to bear to preferably reverse the changes suggested by the consultants employed by RM. We cannot allow the results of this dispute to be similar to the last pay dispute talks where our pension scheme was left in limbo and we just grovelled & accepted a bribe.

CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

25 Aug 2019, 13:04

We are looking for an agreement to abide by an agreement?

Sounds like a plan. :cuppa

CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

27 Aug 2019, 15:48

Woody Guthrie wrote:We are looking for an agreement to abide by an agreement?

Sounds like a plan. :cuppa

Yep, due legal process and fair warning THEN STRIKE (ALL LEGAL) :coolr

CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

27 Aug 2019, 19:11

Celgar wrote:I think it has to be made clear to both the CWU & RM that the SWW and any connected or unconnected pay rises are NOT the main reason for us intending to vote YES in favour of industrial action . . . We cannot allow the results of this dispute to be similar to the last pay dispute talks where our pension scheme was left in limbo and we just grovelled & accepted a bribe.


But I fear that in the end we'll settle for a few hundred quid and a small increase in wage. Because we have hitherto.

In my view we would be wise to abandon calls for the shorter working week and refuse to have pay talks linked to talks about business 'transformation'. If we do include either of those things, especially pay, the right-wing press will portray us lazy and greedy and RM management will do as they have before and work out how little cash we're willing to roll over for.

Also, I'd like to think it might be 'the fight of our lives', though I guess that senior union personnel will be quite well insulated against any fallout, so maybe 'your lives' is more honest.

CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

30 Aug 2019, 21:03

Would it not be better to call for the strike for December so it really hits them?

CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

30 Aug 2019, 21:27

My feet are on fire wrote:Would it not be better to call for the strike for December so it really hits them?

Depends. If there is going to be a general election in October say then it would be better to obstruct that. I would imagine RM are legally obligated to deliver the election mailings and postal votes so if we threaten to obstruct that RM are more likely to reconsider at least some of their plans.

CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

30 Aug 2019, 23:55

As to elections we now are nothing to do with the government of this nation we can act as we please if the thought was one or not.

CWU : We have announced an industrial action ballot timetable in Royal Mail group - ballot papers will be dispatched on 24th September if no agreement is reached before then.

04 Sep 2019, 03:46

Celgar wrote:
My feet are on fire wrote:Would it not be better to call for the strike for December so it really hits them?

Depends. If there is going to be a general election in October say then it would be better to obstruct that. I would imagine RM are legally obligated to deliver the election mailings and postal votes so if we threaten to obstruct that RM are more likely to reconsider at least some of their plans.

YOUR CHOICE TO OPT OUT IF APPLICABLE: MAYBE THE UNION COULD ENCOURAGE AN OPT OUT IF RICO OPTS OUT OF USO :coolr
National Agreement covering the Delivery of Election Material:

Special Circumstances:

• It is jointly recognised that Royal Mail has a legal obligation to secure the delivery of election material for all nominated candidates and parties.

• Whilst it is expected that delivery will be made by the individual due to undertake the particular delivery, local management will deal sensitively and sympathetically with genuine requests to deviate from this arrangement.

• Such cases may arise as a result of personal circumstances or beliefs or where an individual believes that delivery of a particular item may incur personal risk.

• If such instances arise alternative measures will be used to secure delivery. These may include the use of volunteers from within the office or neighbouring offices to cover more than one delivery or, as a last resort, the use of supplementary resource.

• Both parties undertake to co-operate fully in the application of these principles and in resolving any difficulties that may arise surrounding the delivery of election material.

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