Breaking comment

Royal Mail declares war on workforce and union while in meeting supposedly to negotiate

Company invites union negotiators to meeting – then holds conference call with wider management while meeting is underway announcing attack on workplace representation

Royal Mail, which has been making record profits while imposing a feeble two-percent pay increase on employees, has declared war on its workforce and their unions this morning and like many wars, it began with a sneak attack. As a tweet from the CWU union explains, Royal Mail management invited union negotiators to a meeting to discuss the industrial dispute and possible solutions – and then, while the meeting was ongoing, held a separate conference call with managers around the country informing them of unilateral changes to agreements, practices and even the structure for CWU members to access their union reps:

For the visually-impaired using read-aloud software: “Today the CWU leadership agreed to meet Royal Mail Group to open discussions on a route to a resolution to the current dispute. Your elected officials are in the room now, as we speak. Whilst they are in the room, Royal Mail Group have held a conference call with all managers and issued statements in workplaces across the UK. Amongst the headlines in their comms are: notice to be given on a range of national agreements; notice to be given on elements of agenda for growth (legal protections); notice to be given on IR Framework; a move from negotiations with your union to ‘consultation’; a new CWU reps structure. This is 1. An all out attack on your union. 2. The start of a move to ensure they can attack you at local level without any challenge. 3. The beginning of their plan to make Royal Mail Group a gig economy standard employer. And all of this has been issued whilst your representatives walked into the room in good faith to open talks. Sickening. We will of course get word from our representatives as soon as the ‘talks’ finish and no doubt communicate further today. For now, the best response everyone can give is to make it crystal clear to management that you will not be bullied and that you will be supporting strike action next week and beyond.

It seems that Royal Mail, emboldened by the Tories’ planned assault on workers’ rights and their unions – and, it must be said, the complete lack of solidarity shown with striking workers by Labour’s ‘leadership’ – intend all-out war against their workforce as the profit-driven ‘race to the bottom’ continues. The whole nation will suffer from this new direction in one way or many.

The CWU has asked for help getting the word out so that the public knows what is happening. Please share this far and wide.

Never in recent history has national, coordinated action across industries, sectors and societies by all people been more necessary.

SKWAWKBOX needs your help. The site is provided free of charge but depends on the support of its readers to be viable. If you’d like to help it keep revealing the news as it is and not what the Establishment wants you to hear – and can afford to without hardship – please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here to set up a monthly donation via GoCardless (SKWAWKBOX will contact you to confirm the GoCardless amount). Thanks for your solidarity so SKWAWKBOX can keep doing its job.

If you wish to republish this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.

8 comments

  1. Has Sir Keir Starmer backed these bosses to the hilt yet? It’s not like him to miss the opportunity to step in and attack hardworking, law abiding UK citizens.

    1. Looks like BlueKeef has been ordered by the Commissioners to STFU. He’s not saying much about anything just now.
      The Commissioners must be working on the ‘upcoming’ Snap Ellections and then BlueKeef will open his trap to release Hell Fires on The PEOPLE, especially on the “UNDESERVING POOR”!

  2. Despicable behaviour on the part of RM management. The hedge funds must be losing their patience and RM bosses must be fearful of losing out on yet more money via the rumoured/planned sell to the hedge funds.
    Also can someone please tell me what is meant by an IR framework?
    Plus how can Royal Mail dictate a new CWU Reps structure?
    Thanks

  3. “The CWU has asked for help getting the word out so that the public knows what is happening. Please share this far and wide.”

    Obviously there’s no mention of any of this in the MSM. If eventually there is, it will only be to misinform, disorientate, disorganise and disable.

  4. Yes with Tory Neo-Liberal Fruitcakes on steroids in power this gives the bosses the confidence to be arrogant.
    Their class has got their backs with a compliant Right Wing media reinforcing this.
    So we need to get behind diverse working people who are fighting for a better quality of life, and for us all.
    Perhaps our best hope is solidarity and knowing the Tory Leadership are political lightweight.
    Power to diverse working people!

  5. As anyone who has ever been involved in workplace negotiations, on either side, knows the most important thing is trust – the knowledge that each side is acting in good faith and genuinely wants to resolve the dispute.
    Here we have an act of bad faith by management so clearly (like the Coal Board under Thatcher before them) they do not wish to reach a negotiated settlement. They want to destroy the union and with it the members only hope for decent pay and conditions.

  6. “They want to destroy the union and with it the members only hope for decent pay and conditions…”
    Yes. Unions and secure employment with above subsistence level wages are anomalous in the modern neo-liberal economy.
    The current union system cannot survive- it cannot deal with the reality that the law and the state are in the employers’ pockets and strike action is virtually banned.
    Effective strike action is actually banned.
    Trade unionism without a theory of taking over the state and lawmaking is just a system of well housed Friendly Societies plus memories of struggle.
    If the time is not ripe for a General Strike, in defiance of the law, it will be soon.

  7. This is the very definition of acting in bad faith. The MSM should cover this and CWU need to provide them with the actual comma so that this can be verified.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: