Royal Mail plant & facilities members to vote on pay deal


Hundreds of engineers, cleaners and admin workers working for Royal Mail’s plant and facilities services division (RMP&FS) will be voting on a deal providing a consolidated pay rise, improvements to overtime, stand-by and call-out rates and extra lump-sum payments to cleaners.

The agreement, which was negotiated between the CWU and RMP&FS senior management, will, if approved in the ballot, be backdated to April 1 and will be paid out in members’ July pay packets.

CWU assistant secretary Ray Ellis said: “The consolidated pay element of the deal is a 2.5 per cent increase flowing through to London Weighting, Scottish Distant Islands Allowance and pensionable allowances.”

This represents a significant improvement on the company’s previous offer of 2 per cent, while the consolidation of ABP allowances for engineers and admin grades, and an additional £120 lump sum for cleaners – due in December and to be consolidated at the end of March,raising the overall value for a cleaner on max by 3.25 per cent, he explained.

Mick Kavanagh, who is currently covering for Mark Baulch as acting assistant secretary, highlighted another positive element to the deal in the introduction of a new overtime multiplier for cleaners – weekdays x1.2, Saturdays x1.5 and Sunday x2.

“The significant improvement in overtime rates deals with a major issue of concern for cleaning members in a positive way going forward,” he said.

·         The postal executive has endorsed the negotiators’ recommendation of the deal and the ballot of RMP&FS members will commence on July 11

·         For further details, see LTBs 371 & 339