Consultative Ballot

RE: Consultative Ballot – PE Local Arrangements

Ballot papers and relevant documents will be sent to reps or taken to DO’s by the Area Rep

Ballot papers will be given to Members in person by Local Reps (Area Reps where there is no Local Rep)

Members will sign to acknowledge receipt of their Ballot paper

Members on Long Term Sick/Annual Leave will have Ballot paper sent to their home address with a pre-paid return envelope.

Ballot papers will be enclosed in the envelope provided and returned or given to the Rep to send

Ballot papers will be sent to the Independent scrutineer – Popularis Limited.

There are 4 questions on the Ballot paper – we hope for you to vote YES to all

Do you oppose the privatisation of Royal Mail?
Do you support the boycott of competitors’ mail?
Do you support the CWU pay claim?
Do you support the policy of non cooperation with Royal Mail?

BALLOT OPENS: 22nd May 2013
BALLOT CLOSES: 18th June 2013
RESULTS ANNOUNCED: 19th June 2013
(results for each question will be announced separately)

If you have any enquires please do not hesitate to contact me.

Respectfully yours,

Carl Harper
Letter Section Secretary
Eastern 5 Branch
Peterborough Mail Centre
PE4 5PE

LTB 299/13 – Next Steps in Delivery Agreement

No. 299/13 Ref: 230.03 Date: 8th May 2013

To: All Branches with POSTAL Members

Dear Colleague,

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.