Further to LTB 666/18 dated 23rd November. 

We have reached a negotiators’ agreement in respect of Christmas Eve opening hours with the Post Office via Acas talks which were held on Wednesday 5th December. The key features of the agreement reached are as follows: 

•  A 16:00 closure on Christmas Eve going forward with all members,   both full and part time, receiving a one-off compensation payment of £100, to be paid with January salaries.

• The principle of minimum staffing for Christmas Eve has been established, with anyone who works to 16:00 benefiting (for this year only) with 3.5 hours Time Off in Lieu.

• Resourcing for Christmas Eve will primarily be on the basis of volunteers where possible.

• Guiding Principles, ensuring the Branch Manager plans resourcing arrangements for Christmas Eve based on minimum staffing levels, have been agreed.

A Joint Statement with the Post Office is being published and is attached for your information.

The negotiators’ agreement will now be placed before a Special Postal Executive scheduled for the afternoon of Monday 10th December. It should be noted the key features reported above are consistent with Postal Executive policy and in particular the proposal we put to the Post Office to resolve this dispute. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Branches, Representatives and our members for their support in this dispute. 

Further developments will be reported.

If you have any questions in relation to this LTB, please contact Lea Sheridan –

Yours sincerely

Andy Furey

Assistant Secretary

18LTB687 – Post Office – Christmas Eve Trade Dispute – Negotiators’ Agreement

Attachment to 18LTB687 


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