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Postal Workers Angry at Royal Mail Pay Freeze

Magazine article Public Finance

Postal Workers Angry at Royal Mail Pay Freeze

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The Communication Workers Union has condemned a proposed pay freeze across the Royal Mail as 'unacceptable', as postal workers threaten strikes over job losses in London.

The unrest among CWU members comes as the Postal Services Bill - which includes controversial measures to part-privatise the Royal Mail is debated in its committee stage in the House of Lords. The CWU has been bitterly opposed to the legislation, while more than 40% of Labour MPs have also publicly taken a stand against the Bill, which has yet to reach the Commons.

Royal Mail signalled the pay freeze in a letter from group human resources director Jon Millidge to CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward.

Millidge cited the effects of recession and economic turmoil on the groups letters, parcels and post office counters businesses. Against this backdrop, the company was 'feeing a very tight financial position and we do not envisage being able to increase pay rates for any colleagues', he wrote.

But Ward hit back, saying Royal Mail had posted its best financial results for years in December and outperformed all its financial targets. 'The people who run Royal Mail have again misjudged an important decision,' he said. …

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