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Royal Mail - Industrial Action Update PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 October 2007

Royal Mail said today that official payroll figures show that the support for the Communication Workers Union strike amongst its members is weakening with 50% more people working than during previous national strike days.

Attendance at sites across the country varied hugely with up to 90% of our people working as normal in some offices and with around 35,000 people coming to work as usual during the first 24 hour period of action. This is around a third of the people due to be at work. We expect this level to rise over the next few days.

The high level of attendance means that we are continuing to process mail and that deliveries are taking place across the country, albeit at reduced levels.

Normal service will be resumed from next Wednesday while 14.200 Post Offices are not affected by the strike action and are open as normal for business throughout.

We would like to thank all of our people who are supporting us during the dispute and doing all they can to keep the postal service moving and deliver the mail to our customers. We apologise to customers for any delay and inconvenience caused by the CWU’s strike action.

Royal Mail is also pleased that we have concluded a deal in principle with Unite/CMA, which represents 12,000 of our managers, over pay, modernisation and pension reform.

The deal with Unite covers a 27 month period and includes:
• An increase of 2.5% in basic pay for 2007-08, backdated to April.
• Support for pension reform from 1 April 2008 including:
- Protecting pensions already built up by our existing employees before 1 April 2008 and continuing to link them to final salary.
- Changing how pensions are calculated for our existing people from 1 April 2008 to a career average defined benefit scheme (indexed by RPI up to a cap of 5%).
- Moving the normal retirement age for our existing people from 60 to 65 with effect from 1 April 2010.
- Closing the existing scheme to new members from 31 January 2008 and putting in place a high quality defined contribution scheme for those joining after that date.

Over the last few months we have concluded agreements with our managers in Royal Mail, all our people in Parcelforce, and the national network of subpostmasters - all within the 2.5% available for pay this year. All of these agreements have been reached without recourse to industrial action.

Royal Mail continues to talk to the CWU to try to agree a deal with them on pay, modernisation and pensions that reflects the competitive challenges faced by the company.

Royal Mail desperately needs to modernise and improve its efficiency. A key part of this is simply asking our people to work all the hours they are already paid to work across the working week and to use the equipment Royal Mail is investing in to modernise and compete - something which has been taken for granted for decades in almost every company in the UK.

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