Post Office workers offered 3.75% rise plus extra benefits

Post Office (PO)

Union recommends negotiated deal raising wages and improving annual leave arrangements…

Around 1,500 CWU members working on Post Office Counters and in Supply Chain and Admin grades are being urged to vote YES to an agreement reached in talks between the CWU and management that will lift pay rates and introduce a range of other enhancements.

Speaking to CWU News this morning, the union’s national officer for Post Office workers Andy Furey reported: “This deal was arrived at following extensive discussions with the employer and the agreement has been endorsed by our Postal Executive.

“It’s our view that this deal offers the best that can be achieved at this time in terms of basic pay rates, while also improving employee annual leave entitlements and setting in place the principle of taking overtime earnings into account when calculating holiday pay.”

Andy added that other benefits of the agreements include an increase to Saturday overtime rates, the abolition of the lower ‘entry rate’ from Crown Office CSCs, improvements to bereavement leave arrangements and substitution rates to rise in line with the basic pay rise.

There are also joint commitments to further talks on Crown staffing, career pathways and rapid deployment teams in Supply Chain.

“We’re convinced that this is the right deal for our members at this time and we’re strongly recommending a YES vote in the forthcoming ballot,” said Andy, adding: “It’s also worth noting that, for a welcome change – and subject of course to our members’ endorsement – that we have an agreement in place before the settlement date.”