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Royal Mail Group Terry PullingerDeputy General Secretary (Postal) letter to Achim DunnwaldChief Transformation & Strategy OfficerRoyal Mail Group

TP/24000/20/hf 26th February 2020
Achim Dunnwald
Chief Transformation & Strategy Officer
Royal Mail Group

Dear Achim,

Current Dispute

Further to the meeting held on 20th February 2020 which the CWU attended in good faith at your request, we were bitterly disappointed to realise that the meeting was indeed another ploy by the business to get our lead negotiators in a room while you were proposing and circulating directly to your employees/our members a pay offer for 2020 and beyond. It is actions like this that I believe expose the company’s true intentions – to bypass the CWU and impose, rather than negotiate and agree a future vision consistent with our current agreements. This will undermine industrial relations to the detriment of the business and our members.

The absolute priority for the CWU in attending the meeting on 20th February was to resolve our dispute on all of the CWU specific demands, which RMG agree have exhausted our Dispute Resolution Procedures. It is essential that we resolve these issues as you will be aware that the CWU require settlement on all of our specific demands to avoid a trade dispute. If agreement is unable to be reached on any one or more of the demands in dispute, then the CWU has no option but to ballot its members for industrial action.

As you are well aware and agree, the 2020 pay award is not part of the current dispute and your efforts to bring them together is no more than a deliberate attempt to introduce new business into the current dispute, which is unacceptable.

It is evidently good business to resolve the issues in dispute as a priority, given that it is highly likely any resolution will clearly inform what comes after. Against that backdrop I once again urge you to focus on resolution, cease your programme of executive action and stunts which create further tensions and concentrate on creating an environment for genuine negotiations to resolve this long-standing dispute.

I thank you for your time and look forward to your reply.
Yours sincerely,
Terry Pullinger
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

National Gate Meeting Day: Tuesday 25th Feb   

National Gate Meeting Day: Tuesday 25th Feb

Tomorrow is ‘National Gate Meeting Day’ – in effect, ALL Branches have been tasked to ensure ‘Gate Meetings’ take place at every Royal Mail workplace across the UK. If you are not sure when or where your’s is due to take place, contact the Branch Secretary / Office on 07950 568043 / 01702 356244 to get the details. You can also contact your relevant Area Rep to also find out these details.

Additionally, below is a link to a very good article written by Terry Pullinger that appears in the ‘Tribune’;



Further to LTB 64/20 circulated on 6th February 2020 regarding the above, we are now in a position to commence the registration process.

It would therefore be appreciated if Branches/Divisions/Regions could list the names of the delegates attending the Seminar/Workshop in the attached table and forward to Lynn Browne For ease of reference, the following Representatives are invited to attend:

  • Postal Branch Secretaries (or their substitute or appropriate Branch Officer)
  • Royal Mail Divisional Representatives (a maximum of 2 from each Division)
  • Territorial Engineering Representatives
  • Parcelforce Regional Organisers
  • Regional Secretaries

Colleagues are asked to give this request their urgent attention and to register their attendance by no later than 17.00hrs on Thursday 5th March 2020.

Tea and Coffee will be available periodically throughout the day and in order to maximise the time scheduled a buffet lunch will also be provided. Any colleagues with dietary requirements should indicate this in the table attached so that we can ensure all attendees are catered for.

The structure for the Seminar/Workshop is as follows:

09:15 – 10:00   Registration – Tea & Coffee

10:00 – 10:10   Opening Statement – Jane Loftus, Postal Executive Chair

10:10 – 10:30   Terry Pullinger, Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

10:30 – 11:00   Presentation – Lynn Browne, Senior Organiser Postal

11:00 – 11:15   Tea & Coffee

11:15 – 12:30   Presentation – The Importance of Workplace Committees – Steve Brown & Paul Malyan

12:30 – 13:30   Lunch

13:30 – 14:45   Q&A & comments. Plan of Action

14:45 – 15:00   Tea & Coffee

15:00 – 16:00   Feedback & Summary

Additional information regarding the event will be sent to Branches in due course.

Any enquires in relation to the content of this LTB should be addressed to Lynn Browne

Yours sincerely,

Terry Pullinger

Deputy General Secretary (Postal)      


LTB 89.20 Attachment 1



The TUC Disabled Workers Conference 2020 is being held from 21st– 22nd May 2020 at the Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth.  The Conference sessions will be as follows:

Thursday 21st May              11.00 – 18.00

Friday 22nd May                  09.30 – 17.30

The CWU are allowed a limited number of visitors to attend the above Conference and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Due to the need for extra security at all TUC Conferences, names and addresses of those wanting visitor tickets must be supplied and tickets are not transferable.

Anyone interested in attending will need to contact their Branch initially for funding, to include a £10 visitor ticket fee. The easiest way to pay the £10 fee will be for us to transfer it directly from your Branch’s account through the rebate system, therefore please contact Angela Niven on  with details of which Branch the individual belongs to on application.  Alternatively you can send a cheque (made payable to ‘CWU’) addressed to Angela Niven at CWU HQ with a covering letter.  Please note that places will not be reserved until the £10 fee is received.

Please let me know if you would like to attend the Conference as a visitor by no later than midday on Monday 30th March 2020.

Any further enquiries with regards this please or Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256.

Yours sincerely,

Dave Ward
General Secretary

20LTB088 – TUC Disabled Workers Conference Visitors

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