11th June 2020
£200 COVID-19 Recognition Payment
I write following the publication of LTB 290/20, in which it was advised that further representation was being made with the business regarding the criteria for calculating payment for those part time members who worked in excess of their conditioned hours during the 8 week reference period (Monday 16th March - Sunday 10th May). In addition further clarification was sought regarding those members required to self-isolate for a 14 day period.
A response has now been received and is reproduced below for ease of reference.
In summary, only those colleagues that agreed to vary their conditioned hours of
employment for the reference period up to or pro rata to 38 hours will be entitled to
receive the £200 payment.
Colleagues who were self-isolating on no pay will be abated 1/8th for each week they
were not at work. Colleagues who were self-isolating on full sick pay will receive the
I am aware that some individuals will be disappointed at this response, however as
previously pointed out, this is a non-contractual/one-off discretionary payment to
acknowledge the contribution made by those CWU members who were able to
support the operation throughout the above period.
The union has as far as reasonably possible endeavoured to ensure that the
payment criteria be extended to cover as many members as possible. Against that
backdrop it is time to put a line under this particular issue and concentrate our efforts
on dealing with the real challenges that the union and its members will need to
address in a postal market that has dramatically changed due to the COVID-19
Any enquiries in relation to the content of this LTB should be addressed to the
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)