CWU CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR OF THE RMG CEO AND THE COMPANY AND RMG PICKET LINE ALLEGATIONS

No. 483/22

5th December 2022

TO:  ALL POSTAL BRANCHES

Dear Colleague

CWU CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR OF THE RMG CEO AND THE COMPANY AND RMG PICKET LINE ALLEGATIONS

We understand that Royal Mail Group published last week a letter that was sent to the General Secretary from their legal counsel concerning serious allegations on picket line behaviour.  

Please find attached to this LTB our response.  It is important that this is shared with our representatives and members in all workplaces.

The key points of the union’s response are as follows:-

The company has not provided any evidence whatsoever to the union to support the allegations they have made.

The CWU have made clear, as always, that we do not condone the type of behaviour Royal Mail reference, in their unfounded allegations.  

We make clear that whilst there may have been some unacceptable behaviour in an extremely small minority of cases, the union’s representatives and members have conducted themselves in a respectful, good natured and peaceful way, despite aggressive and severe provocation from Royal Mail managers.  

We have condemned the actions of the CEO for deliberately utilising his workplace social media platform to launch psychological attacks on our members, impacting on their mental health.

We have condemned the company for shamefully engaging in worker and union busting tactics, led by Grant McPherson and a senior management team.

As mentioned in the media last week, the CWU is now formally calling for an independent investigation into the unacceptable behaviour of the CEO and the Royal Mail Group and the company’s picket line allegations.  We have offered the company the opportunity to agree a Terms of Reference for this.

We have made clear that for any CWU member or representative facing conduct charges, we have no confidence that they will receive a fair hearing because of the prejudicial actions of the employer, led from the very top of the company.

It is essential that you convey the content of this LTB to all CWU members and representatives through workplace meetings and that you explain the actions the union are now taking in calling for an independent investigation.
 
Any enquiries on the above should be addressed to the General Secretary/Acting Deputy General Secretary at jdunn@cwu.org/hford@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely
                                       
Dave Ward      
General Secretary

Andy Furey
Acting Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

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