Consignia to talk with union to improve industrial relations

Consignia is to meet with the Communications Workers Union
to try and reduce the number of industrial disputes.

The meeting with the union follows the publication of an
independent review that criticises the postal service.

The report slams the post service’s regional managers for
their poor communications skills and reveals that 62,000 days were lost through
strikes by postal workers last year.

Christine Gregory,
Consignia’s spokesperson, said, “We are talking to the union, the CWU, about
what we need to do in the light of the report. Both sides know that we need to
work hard to improve industrial relations. There was too much sickness absence
– an increase to 5.6 per cent of working time in 2000 from 3.5 per cent in
1997. This cost £130 million last year.”

Bob People, Consignia’s HR director was unavailable for
comment.

www.consignia.co.uk

Karen Higginbottom

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