CAPITA TVL: REJECTION OF INADEQUATE PAY OFFER
Branches are advised that following the submission of our formal pay claim for our Capita TVL Licence members, we have been in discussions with Paul Johnston, Managing Director, TVL and this has resulted in a formal pay offer for our Capita TVL members who have a pay review date of 1st January 2022.
At today’s Postal Executive meeting, we gave consideration to the offer and came to the conclusion that it fell significantly short of our aspirations in these difficult times. Consequently the Postal Executive unanimously supported my recommendation to reject the pay offer. Subsequently, we have responded to Capita outlining the reasons for the rejection, which in essence is due to the paucity of the headline pay increase being significantly below RPI inflation (7.8% for January) or for that matter CPI (5.5%).
In today’s climate, with astronomical increases in utility bills, coupled with the rising cost of petrol/diesel and the knock on effects to food prices, along with the pending Government increase to National Insurance contributions (+1.25%), we clearly need to secure a good pay increase so our members’ living standards do not deteriorate. The offer from Capita failed to address the extreme cost of living in these unprecedented times and would amount to a pay cut in real terms; hence the Postal Executive decision.
In view of the above, we are seeking further negotiations to see if there is any scope to improve the offer to a more realistic position. We have also arranged a briefing of our Capita TVL Reps to discuss next steps.
Further developments will be reported.