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LTB 081/20 - Four Pillars - Honouring our Agreement: Local Industrial Action Ballot Requests

16 Feb 2020, 13:00

https://www.cwu.org/ltb/ltb-081-20-four ... -requests/

No. 081/20

14th February 2020

Dear Colleague,

Four Pillars – Honouring our Agreement: Local Industrial Action Ballot Requests

Further to LTB 059/20 dated 4th February 2020 that contained the timetable for the national industrial action ballot, I am writing to advise Branches on the current situation concerning local ballot requests.

Branches will be aware that since the timetable was first published, the DGS(P) Department has been concentrating our efforts on ensuring that we will be in a position to issue the national industrial action notice to ballot on 25th February 2020. This ongoing work is being carried out in conjunction with both the General Secretary and SDGS Departments. Throughout this time however, the Postal Executive has continued to consider and endorse requests for local industrial action ballots for matters that are not directly linked to the current dispute.

In relation to local industrial action ballots that have been requested due to the current management executive action, these continue to be received and will be processed but we are clearly prioritising the national ballot.

In a recent Podcast Question and Answer Session with major Shareholders, Royal Mail Group Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer Stuart Simpson was asked the following question by an individual from JP Morgan concerning the current approach to executive action by Royal Mail Group – “At what point do you think you may look to change strategy in terms of how you’re approaching the union, go for a bit more of a collaborative approach rather than you taking executive action. At what point might you look to compromise to resolve the impasse?”

In his response, Stuart Simpson said – “But actually we can keep just pressing on and that is what we’re doing and of course the union can then raise local disputes. They haven’t done so at the minute, we’ve got many offices going through change and we haven’t had a local ballot on it yet”.

Branches will recall that when I met with the business in January 2020, I made a request that executive action was stood down in order to de-escalate tensions and therefore provide the appropriate atmosphere for difficult negotiations. This was rejected and Stuart Simpson has now publicised the position of Royal Mail Group.

Stuart Simpson is however under the false impression that the executive action is not being opposed locally. I corrected this during a Facebook Live Session on 12th February 2020 where I outlined the fact that local ballot requests are being received in response to executive action and highlighted one in particular. Additionally, in correspondence with the Chief Transformation and Strategy Officer Achim Dunnwald, I have highlighted the fact that at CWU Headquarters we continue to deal with a growing number of local ballot requests.

I must reiterate that it is not the case that local ballot requests are not being submitted in response to executive action and Branches are encouraged to continue to maximise ballot requests where such action has been notified.

This is indeed the only process to ensure that Branches will be able to challenge executive action going forward and local ballot requests will continue to be progressed as soon as possible.

May I also take this opportunity to pay tribute to our members’ discipline in the face of such immediate and intense local managerial provocation designed to undermine our legal and democratic right to protest by withdrawing our labour.

Never Give Up.

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)

LTB 081/20 - Four Pillars – Honouring our Agreement: Local Industrial Action Ballot Requests

16 Feb 2020, 15:30

‘Stuart Simpson is however under the false impression that the executive action is not being opposed locally’

Come on, CWU.
When Royal Mail do something by executive action, and a request for a local ballot is not actioned IMMEDIATELY at CWU HQ, he is perfectly entitled to believe no opposition worthy of the name is occurring.
Even assuming the national ballot is a success, the earliest possible strike date is - with the legal minimum 14 days notice - 31st March!! Any changes to start times, duty content etc etc implemented by executive action tomorrow would already have been in place for seven weeks by that time.
CWU HQ needs to move ‘at pace’, before all these unagreed changes get bedded-in and people lose the inclination to fight it

LTB 081/20 - Four Pillars - Honouring our Agreement: Local Industrial Action Ballot Requests

16 Feb 2020, 20:30

Why aren't Parcelforce on strike?

LTB 081/20 - Four Pillars - Honouring our Agreement: Local Industrial Action Ballot Requests

17 Feb 2020, 15:45

grchpo wrote:Why aren't Parcelforce on strike?


If Parcelforce went on strike could/would some of their stuff get diverted to come through to RM DO's? (we are supposed
to be able to deliver up to 30kg). Would we have any legal justification to refuse to deliver Parcelforce items?

I see our local Parcelforce driver at business drops and back at the Post Office and a lot of his stuff is not 30kg - he carries it by himself.

LTB 081/20 - Four Pillars - Honouring our Agreement: Local Industrial Action Ballot Requests

17 Feb 2020, 21:58

yellowbelly wrote:
grchpo wrote:Why aren't Parcelforce on strike?


If Parcelforce went on strike could/would some of their stuff get diverted to come through to RM DO's? (we are supposed
to be able to deliver up to 30kg). Would we have any legal justification to refuse to deliver Parcelforce items?

I see our local Parcelforce driver at business drops and back at the Post Office and a lot of his stuff is not 30kg - he carries it by himself.

I suppose it's possible that they could divert the stuff into RM's Tracked system

LTB 081/20 - Four Pillars - Honouring our Agreement: Local Industrial Action Ballot Requests

17 Feb 2020, 22:38

SpacePhoenix wrote:
yellowbelly wrote:
grchpo wrote:Why aren't Parcelforce on strike?


If Parcelforce went on strike could/would some of their stuff get diverted to come through to RM DO's? (we are supposed
to be able to deliver up to 30kg). Would we have any legal justification to refuse to deliver Parcelforce items?

I see our local Parcelforce driver at business drops and back at the Post Office and a lot of his stuff is not 30kg - he carries it by himself.

I suppose it's possible that they could divert the stuff into RM's Tracked system

Yeah like they did at christmas

LTB 081/20 - Four Pillars - Honouring our Agreement: Local Industrial Action Ballot Requests

18 Feb 2020, 15:40

Stuart Simpson is however under the false impression that the executive action is not being opposed locally


But it's not a false impression when no locals ballots have yet been actioned. Come on HQ time to pull your finger out and back the local offices. The longer the silence continues the more stuff they will push through. Get some ballots out there and let everybody know they are out there

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