POST OFFICE: PAY DISPUTE 2021/22 & PAY 2022/23 – REVISED PAY OFFER RECEIVED & REJECTED
Today we held the first meeting with regards to pay 2022/23 since we rejected the “interim” offer from Angela Williams, Group Chief People Officer dated 1st April 2022. During the meeting, Lee Kelly, Employee Relations & Policy Director made a marginally revised offer as follows:
- From 1st April 2021 – Pay Freeze (no change)
- From 1st April 2022
- 5% consolidated pay increase flowing through to all allowances (up from 2%)
- One-off £500 lump sum payment (unconsolidated and non-pensionable) (revised from £250)
It was made clear to management that a legal trade dispute remains over the pay freeze for 2021/22 and that a fair and reasonable pay offer needs to be made to our Key Worker members to settle this dispute.
Additionally, for 2022/23, a 2.5% consolidated pay offer plus a £500 one-off lump sum is simply insulting to our members who are struggling to cope with a 40-year high inflation rate (RPI of 11.1% for April). The offer was rejected as being woefully inadequate and we made it clear that a huge gap exists between us. Post Office must considerably improve the offer if they wish to reach an agreement. It is evident they can afford to make a more realistic offer, bearing in mind the declaration earlier this week of a £35m profit for 2020/21 financial year (during the pandemic).
Further developments will be reported.