Defending The 4 Pillars Agreement – August 2019
Members will be aware that following the announcement of Royal Mail’s 5 year business plan the CWU has registered a National Point of Principle Disagreement with the company. The disagreement raises our serious concerns that Royal Mail is no longer committed to the 4 Pillars Agreement, and specifically the legal protections we have secured.
Below is a summary of the key issues that need to be resolved if we are to avoid a national dispute with Royal Mail.
It is vitally important that we resolve all of these issues andensure that we manage this change based on job security for members.
Additionally Royal Mail has written to the CWU advising of their intention to commence a formal review of the existing legal protections we have secured.
Below is a reminder of the key legal protections, now under threat.
Current Legal Protections
This set of comprehensive legal job security protections are without doubt the finest ever achieved within the Trade Union movement and worthy of defending.
The fact that Royal Mail now wishes to review these protections is of great concern.
But equally of concern is the fact that in the last few days Royal Mail has culled a number of senior national managers who have been heavily involved in the 4 Pillars agreement and may have been committed to the agreement. These national managers have been replaced by others who may not have any such commitment.
National negotiations on Royal Mail’s business plan and its implications for CWU members are ongoing. Terry Pullinger, Deputy General Secretary is leading the negotiations for the CWU.
In accordance with the agreed national Dispute Resolution Processes if these negotiations do not produce an agreement in the near future, then both parties will enter into National Mediation. If National Mediation does not produce an agreement then a national dispute is likely to be called.
The CWU seeks an agreement on all of these issues, but we cannot allow Royal Mail to ride roughshod over the 4 Pillars Agreement and the protections we have fought for and secured for members.
We will ensure we keep member fully informed of developments.