Further to LTB 510/19 the Postal Executive, when it formally met yesterday, took the opportunity to consider the feedback received from Branches/Representatives, Senior Field Officials and PE members from the numerous Branch/Gate meetings that have taken place thus far across the UK following the announcement of the Industrial Action Ballot on the 22nd August 2019.
Based on the clear commitment and responsibility of the whole of this Union to unite and deliver our biggest YES VOTE ever, we have listened to concerns expressed regarding the increasing number of members taking annual leave later in the year i.e. late September/early October who would potentially lose the opportunity to vote.
Against that backdrop, the Postal Executive have agreed to extend the closing date of the Industrial Action Ballot by one week to the 15th October 2019.
For absolute clarity this decision does not change the start date for the ballot which will still be the 24th September 2019 and all Branch, Divisional & Regional activity should remain focused on maximising immediate membership participation and ballot paper returns from that date.
In taking this decision, the Postal Executive believe the extended timetable will maximise the opportunity for as many of our members as possible to cast their vote and in doing so achieve the highest turnout in support of the Union.
The revised timetable is reproduced below:
Membership Verification: to commence and be completed by 3rd September 2019
Issue Industrial Action Notice to Ballot: 17th September 2019
Ballot Opens: 24th September 2019
Ballot Closes: 15th October 2019
Ballot Result: 15th October 2019