Royal Mail Pay Deal Reached

Royal Mail members will receive significant salary increases after the CWU reached a deal around the April pay date for the first time in recent memory.

The main parts of the agreement, which has been endorsed by the union's Postal Executive, are:

- A straight £11.50 increase per week in pay for OPGs, OSGs and people in MDEC centres and mailrooms
- A 3.8% increase for engineers and LA1s
- The increases flow through to weekday and Saturday overtime rates - but not to other allowances and scheduled attendance
- The equalisation of the Christmas supplement - meaning all OPGs and OSGs will receive £100 from Christmas 2005
- A voluntary office-based productivity scheme that has the potential to reward members with lump sum payments just before Christmas and around the start of the summer leave period. It does not require major office revisions. It gives our members the opportunity to decide if they want to participate.  
- A commitment by both parties to review Royal Mail pay, terms and conditions over the next nine months. We want to hear what our members have to say because we think more improvements can be made.

Dave WardDeputy general secretary Dave Ward said: "We know our members' priority is basic pay. This deal includes increases that are significantly above inflation - between 3.8% and around 4.5%.

"Our members also asked us to ensure these pay rises are not linked to more upheaval in the workplace. They are not. The unacceptable strings that Royal Mail wanted to tie the increases to - including the introduction of monthly pay, the redistribution of monies within the workforce and changes to delivery times - have been successfully removed by the CWU."
CWU members will shortly receive ballot papers and more information about the agreement. The ballot timetable will be announced on this web site.

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