Following the carriage of the above emergency motion at Postal Conference in April it is now necessary to carry out work on membership records in anticipation of the need to carry out aspects of that motion. The negotiations relating to the main Industrial Relations issues contained within the terms of this motion are ongoing and updates will continue to be communicated by Terry Pullinger DGSP.

However Branches will be aware that we need to review and prepare various aspects of our membership records to ensure we are able to carry out, if necessary, that part of the Emergency Motion E2 that deals with the issue of Industrial Action.

In other words in the event that those discussions are unable to conclude with an agreement we will have to plan for the prospect of an Industrial Action ballot. Branches will recall that in 2017, when we undertook an Industrial Action ballot under the Four Pillars campaign, we placed additional resource (Martin Akerman) into the SDGS department to oversee and co-ordinate that activity. We can confirm that the arrangements will remain exactly the same for this project.

Accordingly and with immediate effect we require all branches to identify a dedicated individual who will be the contact point between the branch and the SDGS department to ensure our membership records are correct.

We need to emphasise that this is an extremely important activity that will be essential to us implementing the relevant part of E2 and any resultant industrial action ballot.

From this point on there will be an extremely close working relationship between the DGS(P) and SDGS departments on this issue to ensure this union acts as one in moving forward at such an important time.

We now require that Branches identify the individual to act as the contact point and that the name and contact details of that person should be sent to by no later than Monday 19thAugust 2019.

We look forward to receiving the information requested and would like to thank Branches in advance for their assistance on this important matter.

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s Department on telephone number 020 8971 7237, or email address

Yours sincerely,


Tony Kearns – Senior Deputy General Secretary

Terry Pullinger – Deputy General Secretary Postal


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