No. 299/13 Ref: 230.03 Date: 8th May 2013
To: All Branches with POSTAL Members
Nationally Agreed Joint Statement on “Next Steps” in Delivery
The Postal Executive at its meeting on 8th May agreed a document on the above issue (copy attached). Branches will be aware that within the Business Transformation agreement there is a commitment from both Royal Mail and the CWU to jointly agree and deploy the Next Steps initiative in delivery units.
This is a programme of support tailored to Delivery Offices building on the experiences and lessons learned from the deployment of Clear Choice in Mail Centres. The Next Steps initiatives key objective is headcount reductions resulting from operational transformation revisions thus leaving neither an unresolved surplus nor an excess of hours above the agreed duty structure.
Next Steps supplements and is completely in line with the contents and procedures outlined in the Managing the Surplus Framework Agreement. The fundamental principle of Next Steps is engagement with individuals in order to avoid surplus staff or hours within an office following an agreed revision. The type of approach deployed will depend upon the size of the task and if the office has already deployed or is yet to deploy their transformation revision.
Key Points of the Joint Statement
· Discussion, consultation and negotiation on all revisions will continue in line with the agreed 6 phase revision process, all national agreements, Joint Statements and agreed national guidelines and the IR Framework.
· All activity will be in line with the Managing the Surplus Framework agreement.
· Attention will be given to any family friendly arrangements in place in line with normal process and those covered by the 2010 equality act. Issues relating to potential employee surpluses, excess travel costs, preference exercises and pay protection will be managed in line with the terms set out in the MTSF agreement.
· Any duty selection criteria or resourcing issues will be dealt with in line with MTSF and the Way Forward Agreement. For the purpose of clarity it should be noted that MTSF takes precedence over the Way Forward agreement in respect of duty selection where there are surplus staff and where pay protection is required.
· All buy down and redundancy is voluntary.
· Employees must buy down to an agreed duty at the office template agreed in the revision by the Delivery Office Manager and the local CWU Rep (TM1).
Any queries to Bob Gibson.