Mail dis­pute

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW -

Sir – Your read­ers may have read about a po­ten­tial strike at Royal Mail by the CWU.

Our post­men and women have the best pay and the best terms and con­di­tions in our in­dus­try. There are just no grounds for a strike.

Some of our ma­jor ri­vals were es­tab­lished be­cause of pre­vi­ous strikes. There is no point shoot­ing our­selves in the foot.

On pay, we have made a very good of­fer. That fol­lows a 10.8 per cent rise in the four years since pri­vati­sa­tion. That com­pares favourably with the 6.4 per cent UK av­er­age over the same pe­riod.

Our pen­sion pro­posal would be by far the best scheme in the in­dus­try – and one that bench­marks well to other large em­ploy­ers. 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.

We want to work with our post­men and women to keep be­ing the best de­liv­ery com­pany in the UK. Rob Jen­son Royal Mail Scot­land Ed­in­burgh

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