The DMA has welcomed the peace deal between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union which finally lifts the threat of industrial action in the run-up to Christmas.
The CWU is still keeping the option to strike until the deal – over pay and conditions – is ratified, but DMA executive director Chris Combemale has said the pact is “welcome news for the tens of thousands of companies, charities and people that depend on the postal service every day”.
Direct mail accounts for £1bn of Royal Mail’s turnover, and the threat of strike action has already led some companies to switch to rivals.
Combemale ssaid: “We’re pleased that Royal Mail and the CWU have reached agreement in principle and that postal workers will not be taking industrial action over the Christmas period.
“The UK economy is only just emerging from recession and we cannot afford any further impediment to its recovery, especially at this time of year. The build-up to Christmas is a critical period that typically accounts for a significant proportion of businesses’ annual revenues and charities’ donations.
“Furthermore, commercial users account for the biggest portion of Royal Mail’s turnover. Any disruption to service would have led businesses to take their custom elsewhere, which is an outcome that would not benefit the postal workers that CWU represents.”
In a statement, the CWU said: “This proposed agreement covers pay, legal protections for terms and conditions, industrial stability and pensions. The proposed agreement will now be considered by the union’s postal executive over the next few days and will ultimately be subject to a ballot of the union’s members.”
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