Royal Mail staff not content despite reduction in strikes

first_imgRoyal Mail staff not content despite reduction in strikesOn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Industrial relations at the troubled Royal Mail still need strengtheningdespite strike levels falling to a 10-year low, according to the third reportinto the issue by Lord Tom Sawyer. Strikes in the 15-month period since Sawyer’s first report – which demandedthat the company and the Communication Workers’ Union work in partnership – aredown by 91 per cent on the levels of industrial action in the 15 months priorto its publication. Since Sawyer’s report in June 2001, 9,587 days have been lost to strikeaction compared to 111,792 working days in the 15 months from April 2000. The dramatic reduction in industrial action has coincided with a slightimprovement in business performance, although the company is still losing morethan £1m a day. At the end of December 2002, almost 92 per cent of letters had beendelivered on target, compared to 89.4 per cent in the previous financial year. However, the latest review finds that the partnership approach is notimproving the working lives of frontline staff. Sawyer is demanding evidencethat this will have changed when he publishes his next update in six months. Sawyer also calls for a joint industrial relations training programme to belaunched by the end of this month. The CWU described the partnership as a sham. John Keggie, deputy generalsecretary at the union, said: “Stand by what has been agreed, show honourand respect to agreed procedures and the union will demonstrate a willingnessto continue to work jointly through the collective bargaining process.” Allan Leighton, chairman of Royal Mail, said he accepts all the report’srecommendations and the company is committed to partnership working. By Paul Nelsonlast_img

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