Further to LTB580/21 dated 23rdDecember. Branches are advised that two meetings (5th and 24th January) have now been held with David Prince, Chief Conciliator, Acas which were totally unproductive due to Post Office’s pay freeze position for 2021/22.  Despite the best endeavours of Acas to try and find a constructive way forward, we were met with a completely unreasonable mind-set from Post Office who are currently refusing to move from the pay stance.

Given the prevailing attitude of Post Office under the leadership of Nick Read, Chief Executive Officer, we have been left with no option other than prepare to ballot our members for industrial action.  This policy was endorsed by the Postal Executive earlier this afternoon.  Clearly, our key worker members, who have continued to provide an excellent service during the pandemic, deserve better, particularly with the acute rise in the cost of living which is likely to continue in the coming months.

Attached are the following letters which confirm the trade dispute.

  • Letter to Nick Read dated 19thJanuary – Pay Dispute: Rising Inflation
  •  Response from Lee Kelly, Employee Relations and Policy Director dated 21st January – Re: Pay Dispute: Rising Inflation
  •  Letter to Nick Read dated 24thJanuary – Pay 2021/22: Legal Trade Dispute – Ballot for Strike Action 

A proposed ballot timetable will be placed before the Postal Executive for endorsement once we have consulted with our Reps and the SDGS Department.  In the meantime, Branches are urged to highlight the pay freeze to our Post Office members.  Lastly, we will be meeting with our full-time Reps tomorrow to consider how best to pursue membership engagement to ensure the necessary outcome in the ballot.

Further developments will be reported.

Yours sincerely

Andy Furey
Assistant Secretary

Attachment 1: 22LTB034 Post Office -Pay 2021-22 Legal Trade Dispute – Ballot for Strike Action

Attachment 2: Attachment 1 to 22LTB034

Attachment 3: Attachment 2 to 22 LTB034

Attachment 4: Attachment 3 to 22LTB034

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