THE THREAT of a postal strike in London over Christmas has won a vastly improved deal which will have implications for all future agreements.
After London’s decision to ballot for action, Royal Mail has reinstated normal rest days over the Christmas period nationally.
As a consequence, rest day cover workers will be needed on their normal duties and will not be used to mop up all the extra Christmas work.
There will be a basic duty of 32 hours and this means that there will be opportunities for extra earnings, as usual, over Christmas.
We have been promised that in London the minimum hourage available will be at least the same level as last year.
The national agreement has been shaped by London’s willingness to fight.
It is very significant that the deal rules out “claw back” of hours forever.
This means that in future there will be no agreements that mean working extra hours to get days off. The union has been pressing for this for a long time. It was the threat of a Christmas strike that won it.
Consultations were continuing this week over a strike ballot for post office counters workers over opening hours during Christmas.
The union is pressing for a deal which respect the rights of benefits claimants and workers.