POST OFFICE: PAY CLAIM – STAGE 2 OF THE COLLECTIVE DISPUTE
Further to LTB 542/20 dated 12th November 2020. Yesterday we met with Lee Kelly,
Employee Relations and Policy Director, in pursuit of our pay claim on behalf of our
members working for the Post Office. This meeting was held under the auspices of the
Collective Dispute Resolution Procedure (CDRP) and was effectively Stage 1 of this
Whilst the meeting was cordial and constructive with a good exchange of views,
unfortunately no real progress was made with the Post Office simply reaffirming its
earlier offer which we have rejected as inadequate as it undervalues in any material
way the necessary recognition required for the exemplary role our members have
undertaken during the pandemic as Key Workers.
In relation to next steps, both parties acknowledge we now need to move to Stage 2 of
the CDRP in pursuit of an agreed way forward. Essentially the matter is now referred
to the Group Chief People Officer with a further meeting normally taking place within
ten working days. Consequently, we are awaiting an offer of a meeting date and would
expect to arrange this in the coming days.
The rejected pay offer remains “closed” at this stage so we are unable to provide further
details; suffice to say we are endeavouring to secure a more realistic offer that we
would be comfortable in recommending to our members.
We had hoped to make progress yesterday; however, despite being unable to do so
both parties remain committed to establishing an agreement. Accordingly, I am grateful
for the patience being shown by our members who no doubt understand that we are
seeking a settlement that is deserving of their efforts and commitment.
Further developments will be reported.