Branches will be aware that the pay review date for Eurest members was moved to April each year, in order to align with the annual review of the National Minimum Wage.

As in previous years, both parties have been committed to early discussions in 2023 to ensure that any agreed arrangements could be concluded to meet the April deadline. Discussions have been complicated this year due to the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the business and the prevailing financial climate. However, while the aforementioned issues could have presented a barrier to concluding an acceptable deal, further to positive discussions an agreement has now been reached with Compass Group / Eurest on a pay settlement for 2023.

In the view of the department, the agreed settlement is a realistic one, which rewards the ongoing commitment of our members, while also recognising the commercial realities of the aftermath of the Covid-19 period and current economic climate.

The deal is straightforward and consists of:

  • A 9.68% increase in basic pay (not NDA) rates for all grades, effective 1stApril 2023;
  • The retention of the previously agreed differential on Premium / Overtime rates pitching those rates at £1 above the standard rate for each grade;
  • The next pay review date will be April 2024.

For our Grade C members, the deal meets the CWU aspiration of maintaining the current level of differential over the National Minimum Wage, which we have been seeking over recent pay deals to maintain or grow.

The Postal Executive has endorsed the pay offer for recommendation to our Eurest members.  We have therefore been consulting with the SDG(S) department in relation to arrangements for an individual members’ ballot, which have now been finalised.

We can now confirm that the ballot timetable will be as follows:

Ballot Papers Dispatched:                Thursday 16th March 2023

Ballot Closes:                                    Thursday 6th April 2023 (first post)

Branch Secretaries are requested to ensure that our members are made aware of the content of this LTB and that every effort is made to encourage our members to use their vote when their ballot papers are received.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: quoting reference 301.12.

Yours sincerely,

Davie Robertson
Assistant Secretary

067-23 Eurest Pay Claim 2023 and Ballot Arrangements 14.03.23

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