Nearly 5,000 Royal Mail managers are being recommended to accept a new two-year pay package to settle their long-running pay dispute.
Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Monday 13 June) that it was pleased to have reached an agreement with Royal Mail on a two-year pay deal which removes the possibility of industrial action that could have affected 27 million households across the UK.
Unite officer for Royal Mail managers Brian Scott said: “Unite will be recommending the pay package to our 4,800 manager members who showed exemplary solidarity during this dispute which enabled us to reach this agreement.
“Equally importantly, Unite welcomes the commitment from Royal Mail to urgently examine issues that the union has identified as of being concern to our members and which affect them at work.
“The company and the employees will work closely together on these issues, which include having the right level of staffing to provide the service that the public expects, after the recent round of redundancies.
“Unite will be balloting its members with a positive recommendation to accept the offer of 1.6 per cent from September 2015 and 1.3 per cent from September 2016. The ballot will happen as soon as practical.
“These increases will flow through to allowances, overtime and to regional pay. They are also paid to all grades represented in the bargaining unit.
“As a result, Unite has suspended its work to rule, overtime ban and other potential industrial action, while the ballot is being conducted.”
The managers had originally voted overwhelmingly for industrial action (now suspended), after rejecting the ‘paltry’ 1.3 per cent pay offer for the year starting September 2015.
The dispute does not include Parcelforce which is covered by a separate agreement
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.