No need for our work­ers to strike

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEWS -

YOUR read­ers may have read about a po­ten­tial strike at Royal Mail by the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Work­ers Union (CWU).

Our post­men and women have the best pay – and the best terms and con­di­tions – in our in­dus­try. They do an amaz­ing job in all weath­ers – rain or shine. Av­er­age pay is 45-50% above the Na­tional Liv­ing Wage. None of that is chang­ing. There are just no grounds for a strike.

Pre­vi­ous strikes at Royal Mail meant we let our cus­tomers down. Some of our ma­jor ri­vals to­day were ac­tu­ally es­tab­lished be­cause of those strikes. There re­ally is no point shoot­ing our­selves in the foot.

So, what’s at is­sue? Well, not the great terms and con­di­tions post­men and women have, as I said be­fore. On pay, we have made a very good of­fer. That fol­lows a 10.8% pay rise in the four years since pri­vati­sa­tion. That com­pares favourably with the 6.4% UK na­tional av­er­age earn­ings in­crease over the same pe­riod.

On pen­sions, we know how im­por­tant pen­sion ben­e­fits are to col­leagues. Our pro­posal would be by far the best pen­sion scheme in the in­dus­try – and one that bench­marks well to other large em­ploy­ers.

Many of our post­men and women are in a De­fined Ben­e­fit scheme - 63%, in fact, com­pared to just 6% of work­ers across the UK pri­vate sec­tor. We do need to change to a dif­fer­ent type of De­fined Ben­e­fit ar­range­ment. That’s be­cause – ev­ery year – it would cost us at least three times more than the cash we gen­er­ate just to keep the ex­ist­ing pen­sion open. No busi­ness could do that.

Royal Mail is a very good em­ployer. We pro­vide great terms and con­di­tions. We are work­ing hard to keep im­prov­ing our ser­vices to cus­tomers in a very com­pet­i­tive in­dus­try. There is no need to strike. We want to work with our post­men and women, our great am­bas­sadors, to keep be­ing the best de­liv­ery com­pany in the UK. Ge­off Braden Royal Mail Re­gional Op­er­a­tions Di­rec­tor – West

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