Firstly apologies for the unprecedented nature of this LTB which reproduces correspondence exchanged between Jon Millidge (RM Group HR Director) and I.
Jon Millidge’s letter is essentially his thoughts on how we could consider re-energising the current negotiations on the Four Pillars of Security. My response is attached.
I have no idea why he chose to make all local managers aware of his private letter to me, except to try to undermine the Union or me personally. This is clearly no way for senior managers to behave as it is ridiculous to consider operating a working relationship that would undermine trust by publicising correspondence whether private or public.
You will note from my response that there are major flaws in the proposal which basically offers an unacceptable pension solution and jam tomorrow for everything else.
To be clear it is unacceptable for the managerial team that claim they can be trusted to then publish private correspondence on an embryonic idea. Jon Millidge’s actions are unprecedented and represent an artificial appeasement to distract us from pursuing our Four Pillars of Security agenda.
Requesting more meaningful discussions at a senior level whilst supporting operational management breaking our agreements and taking the sword to our members in the workplace is utterly inconsistent. However, we will continue to seek a negotiated settlement in line with the CWU’s policy in respect of both content and timescale.
When challenged, the business claim that they have only shared the letter with local managers but this does not excuse such behaviour. If Local Representatives advise you that local management have shared Jon Millidge’s letter with them then please share my response, the content of which is self-explanatory.
This may well be the first of a number of initiatives to try and distract the Union from its goals and drive disunity. I urge you to keep your eye on the real prize – a tangible meaningful agreement on the Four Pillars of Security.
Any enquiries regarding the content of this LTB should be addressed to the DGS(P) Department, quoting reference 24000.
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)
Email Attachments – Click to download
· Attachment 1 – LTB 386/17 Private Correspondence
· Attachment 2 – Letter from Jon Millidge 16.06.17
· Attachment 3 – Letter to Jon Millidge 03.07.17