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 Pullinger
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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