Postal workers were waiting this week for details of a new pay offer from Royal Mail. As Socialist Worker reported exclusively last week, bosses wanted to impose a freeze in basic pay and ram through 22 attacks on conditions.
These details have now been confirmed. Royal Mail has said it will come forward with a revised offer, but needs more time to do so.
The national CWU revealed this week that Royal Mail’s rationale for the first offer “is that they believe our members are already paid too much and are significantly less efficient that the competitors.”
The union urges members to “hold meetings and prepare for the strong possibility of a national industrial action ballot”. If Royal Mail continues down the road of a below inflation pay rise and harsh conditions, then there will be confrontation.
After several rounds of tense talks, and a series of offers, BT has conceded a 4.7 percent increase in basic pay and pay related allowances with effect from 1 April 2007 and RPI (inflation) plus 0.5 percent on basic pay and pay related allowances with effect from 1 April 2008.
The CWU telecoms executive is recommending acceptance.
The 4.7 percent rise (at a time when RPI is 4.8 percent) should be the very minimum that any union accepts at the moment.