Royal Mail engages with CWU over election mail

Ahead of the General Election, Royal Mail has agreed an increase in per-unit payments for election mail, to include poll cards and candidate mail, with the Communication Workers Union.

Shane O’Riordain, Royal Mail Managing Director of Regulation and Corporate Affairs said: “We said we would meet CWU to discuss the union’s request for an increase in the dedicated, per-unit payments postmen and postwomen receive for delivering poll cards and individual items of candidate mail during the General Election.

“Royal Mail and CWU have agreed a 5 % increase on average in the per-unit payment of election material delivered in the course of the current General Election. The increase will be paid retrospectively to cover election materials already delivered.

“In agreement with CWU, we will deploy varying per-unit increases. The current national agreement covering the delivery of election material remains in place until we jointly review it in 2020.

“More broadly, we stand ready to engage with CWU. We have written to them offering discussions without preconditions on open issues.”

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