Human resources chief bids to end deadlock with Communication Workers Union in Royal Mail pay dispute

Royal Mail’s human resources chief is to meet with union leaders today in an attempt to break the deadlock in its long-running pay dispute.

Tony McCarthy, group director for people and organisational development, will meet representatives from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at talks facilitated by conciliation service Acas.

In a letter to Royal Mail’s chief executive Adam Crozier, the CWU’s deputy general secretary Dave Ward said the union remained “committed to reaching an agreement”.

The CWU has made it clear it will not discuss Royal Mail’s previous offer as that had been overwhelmingly rejected by the workforce in a strike ballot.

“I have told [McCarthy] that we expect fresh and meaningful negotiations. We are not in the market for Royal Mail simply rehashing its previous position or deliberately stringing out talks,” Ward wrote.

The CWU’s postal executive is due to meet on Thursday 21 June to reassess its position.

If a nationwide postal strike does go ahead, it would be the first since 1996.

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