A joint statement from Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) on 15 April has confirmed that the two organisations have come to an agreement on pay and conditions for Royal Mail staff “after almost a year of talks”.
Following strikes last year and a breakdown of talks just weeks ago, the parties have reached a negotiators’ agreement in principle. According to the joint statement: “The proposed agreement will now be considered by the executive of the union before being voted on by the union’s membership.”
It goes on to say: “An announcement on the detailed content of the proposed agreement will be made when it is ratified by the union’s executive committee.”
The union is currently unable to comment on the deal due to the fact that its executive is now in the process of discussing it but Logistics Manager will provide an update once this process concludes.
Royal Mail has also been approached for comment.
UPDATE (21 April 2023): The CWU’s Postal Executive Committee has ratified the agreement.
The Business Recovery, Transformation and Growth Agreement will be put to a CWU member ballot in the coming weeks.
If accepted by the union’s members, the deal will see Royal Mail employees receive a one-off lump sum of £500 and a 10% salary increase in stages, with the final pay rise coming in April 2024.
Other terms of the agreement include later start times, seasonal working patterns, Sunday working, and changes to contracts for new starters.