Parcelforce pay talks – on target for April
Opportunities for growth, expansion plans and
increased capacity are among issues being discussed between CWU
negotiators and senior bosses at Parcelforce as part of the
national talks around the April 2013 pay settlement.
Reporting to members this week, Terry
Pullinger, the union's national officer for the
company's workforce, said that the negotiations were "top
priority for both ourselves and the management and we are
progressing in a positive and productive manner."
Last year, the union secured a "2.9 per cent plus"
package for Parcelforce staff - which some 94 per cent of members
backed in the subsequent ballot - but, although the deal was a
satisfactory one and was fully backdated, the union had expressed
frustration at the delayed settlement.
Therefore, part of the 2012 agreement was a firm commitment that
the 2013 pay round would begin early and aim at a prompt settlement
in time for April.
Terry explained: "We have met regularly and
discussions have included a potential acceleration of expansion
plans, the company's strategies for investment and other
proposals for creating new capacity."
The enlarged agenda has created the need for further detailed
talks between the CWU and Parcelforce, and Terry added that both
the union and the company "remain committed to having
concluded talks on a new reward package in advance of the April
2013 due date for implementation."
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