Royal Mail makes ‘best and final offer’ to try to resolve dispute

Royal Mail makes ‘best and final offer’ to try to resolve dispute

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oyal Mail says it has its “best and final offer” amid at resolving a long-running dispute over jobs, pay and situations.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have held a sequence of strikes in latest weeks which the company said had cost £100 million.

A contemporary 48-hour strike is set to be held on Thursday and Friday.

Royal Mail said its revised supply consists of “extensive improvements” which were made in the course of the negotiations with the CWU, together with an enhanced pay deal of up to 9% over 18 months, providing to develop a brand new revenue share scheme for workers, and making voluntary redundancy phrases extra beneficiant.

The company said it was additionally committing to no obligatory redundancies till the top of March 2023 at the earliest.

The company added it was providing to purchase out a number of legacy allowances, make Sunday working voluntary and staggering the introduction of later begin and end instances over three years.

Seasonal working proposals would even be modified in order that workers would work around two hours much less every week in the summertime, and two hours extra within the winter.

The strikes have already added £100 million to Royal Mail’s losses thus far this year

Simon Thompson, Royal Mail’s chief government said: “Talks have lasted for seven months and we have made numerous improvements and two pay offers, which would now see up to a 9% pay increase over 18 months alongside a host of other enhancements. This is our best and final offer.

“Negotiations involve give and take, but it appears that the CWU’s approach is to just take. We want to reach a deal, but time is running out for the CWU to change their position and avoid further damaging strike action tomorrow.

“The strikes have already added £100 million to Royal Mail’s losses so far this year. In a materially loss making company, with every additional day of strike action we are facing the difficult choice of about whether we spend our money on pay and protecting jobs, or on the cost of strikes.”

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said: “We are disappointed that instead of reaching a compromise to avoid major disruption, Royal Mail have chosen to pursue such an aggressive strategy.

“We will not accept that 115,000 Royal Mail workers – the people who kept us connected during the pandemic, and made millions in profit for bosses and shareholders – take such a devastating blow to their livelihoods.

“These proposals spell the end of Royal Mail as we know it, and its degradation from a national institution into an unreliable, Uber-style gig economy company.

“Make no mistake about it: British postal workers are facing an Armageddon moment.

“We urge every member of the public to stand with their postie, and back them like never before.”

Source:standard.co.uk

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