POST OFFICE: PAY DISPUTE 2021/22
Further to LTB 356/22 dated 7thSeptember.
Branches will be aware, on 28thMarch we declared our Post Office members had delivered a 97.3% Yes vote for strike action, with a 70.2% turnout.
The legislation dictates a ballot for strike action has a six-month lifespan. This means the current mandate from our members expires on 28th September. There is, however, a small clause within the legislation that allows for a three-month extension, subject to the agreement of the employer.
Consequently, following the Postal Executive meeting held on Wednesday 7th September, I wrote formally to Post Office requesting their agreement to extend the ballot by three months. We are awaiting a reply.
I wanted to bring this matter to the attention of our Branches, Reps and members, as questions are starting to be asked and it was only right that clarification is provided. Obviously, now we have a further Trade Dispute for pay 2022/23, if we have to ballot again, assuming Post Office rejects our request for a three-month extension, both pay review years in dispute – 2021/22 and 2022/23 will be the subject on the ballot paper.
Further developments will be reported.