Update on Royal Mail and CWU in run up to General Election

By Chris Dawson November 4, 2019 - 9:04 am

Royal Mail have issued the following statement regarding post and the General Election.

“Last Tuesday, Royal Mail wrote to the CWU to say that if the union provides a binding commitment to remove the threat of strike action for the rest of 2019, the Company will enter into discussions without preconditions. Royal Mail will also extend the life of the ballot result by the same amount of time as the pause on industrial action. The CWU has said it is not prepared to take up this offer made by Royal Mail.

Shane O’Riordain, Royal Mail Managing Director of Regulation and Corporate Affairs said: “In the event of industrial action in the run up to a General Election, election mail will be our number one priority. We will invest significant resource to seek to ensure a seamless process for the handling of postal election material. Royal Mail volunteers will also work on the processing and delivery of election mail.

“Royal Mail is also meeting the CWU as a matter of urgency to discuss the union’s request for an increase in the dedicated payments postmen receive for delivering each poll card and individual item of candidate mail.

“The recent ballot result for industrial action does not necessarily mean that industrial action will take place. In addition, Royal Mail continues to believe that a binding commitment from the CWU to remove the threat of strike action during the period of any general election is vital to ensuring a seamless electoral process in relation to postal votes.
– Royal Mail

Royal Mail also say they are honouring the 2018 Agreement with the CWU. Since it was put in place they say they have:

  • Awarded two pay increases of five per cent and two per cent
  • Granted the first hour’s reduction in the Shorter Working Week
  • Worked together with CWU to lobby Government for a new CDC pension scheme


  • The average pay for full time frontline staff, as at year end (31 March 2019) was £26,850 per annum, including base pay, allowances and overtime.
  • Postmen and women received an average of £267 for election mail delivery in the 2017 General Election.
  • Bill
    9 months ago

    As usual a one sided view of the reason CWU balloted it’s members for strike action. Too complicated I guess for any reporter to delve into all the issues.

  • Terence Devlin
    9 months ago

    What a load of total nonsense , we were already balloting well before any election was called , what’s wrong with polling stations

  • Carl Clifton
    9 months ago

    No mention of bullying and harassment towards employees by managers.

  • 9 months ago

    Did’nt Mr Leighton get rid of bullying, anyone remember the video?
    Keep a log with details, time -date -subject -unsafe instructions -etc
    -all pertinent info’ etc.
    Received this advice from a retired manager who was once a union Rep’ too. You can’t be bullied for delivering a professional service. Can you?

  • david greenwood
    9 months ago

    From what I have heard from the union it is Rico saying it’s his company and can do what he likes.he has been brought in from a sweetener 6.5 million he computes from his Switzerland base 3 times a week n that’s it .he sacked or replaced three top managers who was instrumental in the agreement that took nearly two years to be agreed .he now wants to use the PDA actuals to bang the poor post people over the head with saying you was stopped four minutes here why ?

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