RMG DISPUTE – CWU OFFERS FOR FRESH TALKS
The purpose of this LTB is to explain the offers the union has made to the company for talks at the highest level.
We initially wrote to the Chair and CEO of the company on the 18thAugust, saying it was time to escalate talks and that CWU were willing to explore all possibilities to find solutions to our pay and change disputes, in the interests of our members, the customers and the company. This offer was made a full week before the strike action that will take place tomorrow, Friday 26thAugust.
The CEO wrote to the union on the 19th August and rejected our offer. He made it clear that the only basis for a meeting would be for him to tell us what the financial situation was within the company.
The CEO subsequently posted on RM Workplace that the union had refused to meet for talks. This was never the case and is just another example of the lack of honesty, transparency and integrity in the way that Royal Mail have conducted themselves over the last six months.
The union has now reiterated our offer for fresh talks in a further letter to the Chair and CEO, a copy of which is attached. The union’s position is set out clearly in the letter and should be conveyed to all our members in all workplaces.
You will see from the letter that the union is also now seeking assurances from the Board on their position over the future of the USO, whether or not they are involved in discussions on a takeover bid and/or plan to sell off GLS, which in our view makes no commercial sense.
These are important points to raise with the Board because as Royal Mail’s position becomes increasingly hostile – it appears to us that their real motives may well be about to be exposed.
We will keep you informed of developments and in the meantime it is crucial we now prepare for tomorrow’s strike action, which we know will be solidly supported across the UK.
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)