Processing Report November 2019

Processing Report November 2019



National Issues

The Branch thank all you members who voted in theindustrial action ballot which returned an historic 97.1 % YES. Since the result there have been ongoing talks to try toresolve the issue. Reports from those talks suggest Royal Mail are not taking them seriously. They are saying they are prepared to enter meaningful talks if we withdraw the threat of industrial action over Christmas. The CWU registereddisagreement in May of this year and have wanted meaningful negotiations ever since. The CWU notifying for IA does not stop the two parties negotiating in meaningful talks.

At the time of writing Royal Mail have announced they are taking the CWU to the High Court for an injunction on our ballot.

The excerpt below is taken from the latest LTB update on the legal proceeding RM have taken against the CWU:

The purpose of this LTB is to confirm to CWU branches, representatives and members that Royal Mail has served notice of legal proceedings against the union. This morning the company is making a formal application to the High Court seeking an injunction to invalidate our national ballot and claim damages against the union. Royal Mail’s claim is essentially based on allegations that the union, its representatives and members, have interfered with the ballot process in contravention of the 2015 Trade Union Act. TheCWU completely rejects and denies this claim in the strongest terms and we will contest the claim at a High Court hearing on Tuesday, 12th November 2019.It will be clear to all our members and everybody connected with Royal Mail and this dispute, that the CEO and his Board will go to any lengths to deny the democratic mandate of our members to stand together and fight for their future and the very future of UK Postal Services. Instead the company are pressing on regardless with their asset stripping plans to set up a separate Parcels business and let thousands upon thousands of jobs wither on the vine. At the same time, the company refuses to engage in any meaningful discussions on their plans. We have made it clear that the union is available, including through the weekend, to meet Royal Mail anytime. The union will be setting out our position during the course of the day and providing further information to our members and to the media. Any enquiries on the above LTB should be addressed to

Yours sincerely

Dave Ward, Tony Kearns, Terry Pullinger.



Christmas 2019

Some weeks ago, we entered into negotiations to seek a Christmas 2019 agreement in line with previous years unfortunately we were unable to reach agreement on a few key points namely prescheduled overtime paid at scheduled attendance rate and the adherence to the EWTD rules over the Christmas pressure period. Subsequently the matter has entered the IR framework. Stages one and twodisagreements were held last week and the stage three is due to take place on Tuesday the 12th of November. We will update further in due course.


Parcel Sort Machine

The parcel sort machine is up and running and training is ongoing via workplace coaches. The installation PIR is scheduled for next week but the PIR for savings and duty structure changes, because of the build-up to Christmaspressure has been agreed to take place at some point in the new year.



WhatsApp Broadcast Group

We have set up a CWU Eastern No5 members WhatsApp Broadcast Group where we can forward CWU Communications onto members through WhatsApp. This has proven to be a good form of communication with a very positive response from the membership and has certainly helped forward information on national issues alongside the Website and Facebook.

The way a Broadcast Group works is where members receive WhatsApp messages from my phone, you will not beable to see who is in the group, you will not be able to message each other either. No phone numbers are shared.You can respond to a message, but it will come back to me only.

If you want to be in this group, then you will need:


The WhatsApp App on your phone. 


Save my number 07887985430 as Ernie Orviss. 


Send me a message me with your name requesting to be put in the group.


I will forward you some of the previous messages and put you in the group, so you will receive all future messages. 






Luke Smith

Sub Area Processing Representative


Date 7th November 2019

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