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Union falling in line with RM?!

20 May 2020, 21:07

This just posted on CWU Facebook page.

Dear Colleagues,

£200 COVID-19 Recognition Payment

Further to LTB 254/20 and the attached Joint Statement circulated on 15th May 2020, Branches/colleagues should be aware that the DGS(P) department has received a number of enquiries relating to the qualifying criteria for this payment. I have formally raised these issues with the business and further dialogue is continuing.

Branches/colleagues must however remember that it was only following pressure from the union nationally that management decided to make a payment at all and therefore it is important to point out that the £200 payment is a one-off discretionary, non-contractual payment and not subject to the usual criteria in place for other lump sum payments – the most notable of which being the two Christmas lump sum payments.

The union will of course endeavour to ensure that as many members as possible receive all or part of this discretionary payment, but it must be remembered that the main focus of this payment is to acknowledge colleagues who have worked throughout the current COVID-19 crisis and continue to do so.

We should also not lose sight of the very real challenge the union and its members face due to the loss of letter traffic and the impact this has had on Royal Mail’s financial position. Equally it is of the utmost importance that we establish a framework for high level talks to resolve our current dispute and our 2020 pay claim.

The DGS(P) Department will ensure that Branches are provided with additional updates as further developments occur. In the meantime Branches are asked to circulate this LTB as widely as possible and to please stay safe.

Yours sincerely,

Terry Pullinger

Deputy General Secretary (Postal)


The bit about Royal Mail in financial trouble due to falling letter volumes is troubling. When the CWU start talking like this then it signals the game is up. Royal mails parcel strategy is going to be rammed through with the help of the union. Mother of all stitch ups is heading our way I feel.

Union falling in line with RM?!

20 May 2020, 22:00

Oh dear.
Old "Rise again" has gone flaccid.
Anyone got a little blue pill?

Union falling in line with RM?!

20 May 2020, 22:49

"it was only following pressure from the union nationally that management decided to make a payment at all"

Confirming the union found it necessary to request payment is disappointing.

Union falling in line with RM?!

20 May 2020, 23:09

rogersh wrote:"it was only following pressure from the union nationally that management decided to make a payment at all"

Confirming the union found it necessary to request payment is disappointing.

No surprise really. Be ready to be well an truly shafted yet again.

Union falling in line with RM?!

21 May 2020, 08:15

You cant really expect the mail volumes to drop by 33% and then to still have a 6 day USO afterwards?

If you think theres anything the union can do here then you are DELUSIONAL.

Blame the posties in your office who are getting their tax, phone and electricity bills through the internet and not by post. They are part of the problem why we are losing 20% of our workforce in 2 years

Union falling in line with RM?!

21 May 2020, 22:37

Munchboii wrote:You cant really expect the mail volumes to drop by 33% and then to still have a 6 day USO afterwards?

If you think theres anything the union can do here then you are DELUSIONAL.

Blame the posties in your office who are getting their tax, phone and electricity bills through the internet and not by post. They are part of the problem why we are losing 20% of our workforce in 2 years


Letters have not dropped 33% its all a lie when they include d2ds as letters, the volume of stamped letters has gone up in this crisis but unfortunately advertising mail has fell off the cliff (but if things pick up it will come back) its just smoke and mirrors and rm will tell you anything to get what they want and so will the cwu i personally dont believe anything either say.

Union falling in line with RM?!

22 May 2020, 09:39

seems like the CWU have been playing two fiddles for a couple of years,we need a union re election and get these muppets back on the beat.

Union falling in line with RM?!

22 May 2020, 09:39

seems like the CWU have been playing two fiddles for a couple of years,we need a union re election and get these muppets back on the beat.

Union falling in line with RM?!

22 May 2020, 19:36

Munchboii wrote:You cant really expect the mail volumes to drop by 33% and then to still have a 6 day USO afterwards?

If you think theres anything the union can do here then you are DELUSIONAL.

Blame the posties in your office who are getting their tax, phone and electricity bills through the internet and not by post. They are part of the problem why we are losing 20% of our workforce in 2 years


This is bang on. Where possible, always insist on mailed bank statements, utility bills, etc. Don't email your MP, write to them and insist on a mailed reply. We all have a part to play.

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