Eastern No 5 Branch
OFFICIAL INDUSTRIAL ACTION PROCESSING FUNCTION
A 48-hour official industrial action strike has been called by the union from 11.00am Thursday 19th October to 11.00am Saturday 21st October. This means if your duty on Thursday starts before 11.00 am then you should perform the whole of the duty. If your duty starts at 11.00am or after on Thursday you will be expected take industrial action until 11.00am Saturday. If your duty STARTS at 11.00am or after on Saturday you will be expected perform your duty. If you have a duty or scheduled attendance on the Sunday you will expected to perform it.
All members of the CWU, both Part-time & Full-time are expected to take industrial action (including acting managers-see below). Non-members can also withdraw their labour. Remember non-members, it’s your pay, pensions, T&C’s and duty structures that will be affected to.
Those CWU members who are acting managers must decide on their principles & conscience, on if you cross a picket line or not.
Brian Scott (Unite CMA Officer, Managers Rep) has written to his manager members in Royal Mail and instructed them and I quote, “Given the result of the ballot announced by the CWU we have also advised Royal Mail that Unite members should be expected to work normally and not be required to do the work of those employees participating in a legitimate strike should that happen.”
This clearly shows that Unite support the legitimacy of the ballot. Unite members too, must remember their pay & pensions are also affected by the RMG board.
Every member, including reps, who take part in the Industrial Action will lose pay!
The myth that reps do not lose pay during Industrial Action, is simply a lie.
Nobody wants to lose money by taking industrial action but we must stand up for our rights, pay, terms & conditions and pensions. There will always be winners and losers when taking industrial action some will lose more money than others but if further industrial action is taken you would normally see a reverse of that. My advice to members is to perform overtime prior to industrial action to make your money up.
YOU ARE THE UNION SUPPORT YOURSELVES, STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS!
Area Processing Representative
Date 9th October 2017