AGREEMENT BETWEEN CWU & PARCELFORCE WORLDWIDE ON 2015 AUTUMN PRESSURE AND CHRISTMAS REMUNERATION PROPOSALS FOR ALL CWU GRADE DEPOT EMPLOYEES
Branches and representatives will be aware that in previous years agreement has been reached with Parcelforce Worldwide in relation to incentive for volunteers to attend on the Saturdays and Sundays in the run up to Christmas.
IN LINE WITH THIS TRADITION PLEASE FIND ATTACHED FOR YOUR INFORMATION A COPY OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CWU & PARCELFORCE WORLDWIDE ON 2015 AUTUMN PRESSURE AND CHRISTMAS REMUNERATION PROPOSALS FOR ALL CWU GRADE DEPOT EMPLOYEES, WHICH WAS ENDORSED BY THE POSTAL EXECUTIVE AT ITS MEETING ON THE 3RD NOVEMBER 2015.
IN RESPECT OF INCENTIVE PAYMENTS FOR ATTENDANCE OVER THE STATED PERIOD ARRANGEMENTS MIRROR THOSE ACHIEVED IN PREVIOUS YEARS. FOR 2015 HOWEVER THE WEEKENDS TO BE COVERED HAVE BEEN EXTENDED FROM 3 TO 4 AND INCLUDE THE LAST WEEKEND IN NOVEMBER WHEN BLACK FRIDAY FALLS. THIS OF COURSE AFFORDS OUR MEMBERS THE OPPORTUNITY OVER A LONGER TIME PERIOD TO ACHIEVE THE £36 INCENTIVE FOR COMMITMENT TO ATTEND FOR TWO OR MORE SATURDAY/SUNDAYS.
Clarification is also provided in respect of Saturday 26th December 2015 as the USO does not apply to Parcelforce operations.
You will also note that clarification in relation to seasonal cull arrangements has also been included in this year’s document. This ensures that the incentive arrangements for additional attendances for the dates outlined in the attached agreement will also be applied as appropriate at any cull site that is established.
The department would be grateful if Branches and representatives would ensure that this LTB and its attachment are brought to the attention of our members.
Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com quoting reference number: 106A.06
AGREEMENT BETWEEN CWU & PARCELFORCE WORLDWIDE ON 2015 AUTUMN PRESSURE AND CHRISTMAS REMUNERATION PROPOSALS FOR ALL
CWU GRADE DEPOT EMPLOYEES
This agreement has been reached to ensure that the expected increased volumes of traffic during the pre-Christmas and Christmas period can be delivered to meet customer requirements and to provide great quality of service performance. It also confirms the payment arrangements for December 2015 and the operating arrangements for the holiday period.
2. Pressure Period Working
It has been agreed between both parties that during the pressure period the following terms will apply for all CWU Graded Depot employees.
Weekdays: Additional hours to be put in if necessary to handle increased workload, with scheduled attendance offered where appropriate and subject to normal conditions
Weekends: Local discussions will identify the requirement for scheduled attendance working on Saturday and Sundays for the period 28th November to 20th December 2015 inclusive. Where workload requires attendance for Saturday or Sunday working, employees will be invited to enter into an advance commitment to attend for any or all of the required Saturdays or Sundays. Upon the signing of this advance commitment, employees will be eligible for a special payment of £19.76 an hour for those days worked, equivalent to double the normal duty hourly rate, instead of the normal pre-scheduled or overtime rates. These arrangements will also apply to advance commitments for additional attendances performed on the Friday/Saturday, Saturday/Sunday and Sunday/Monday night shifts.
In addition, employees who sign for an advance commitment for two or more of the four Saturdays/Sundays highlighted previously and perform the work will receive a single payment of £36.00 in addition to the above rate.
The special payment will be offered for attendance of a minimum of six hours on each of the Saturdays/Sundays or night shifts as required.
Anyone committing under these arrangements to attend for more than one Saturday/Sunday who fails to fulfil their commitment will only receive the pre-scheduled rate of pay for any days attended and any previous payments made will be rectified accordingly on the next pay date.
Operations managers will meet unit reps to discuss the work and manpower plans required in each office. These meetings will identify the extent, if any, to which additional attendance over normal is required. Against this backdrop both parties commit to work together to ensure that the appropriate number of applicants required in each of the depots, on all of the days covered by this agreement, is fully met. In advance of signed commitments being made, volunteers will initially be sought on a without prejudice basis in order to gauge demand and assist in matching attendances to planned traffic levels on each of the relevant days.
3. Payment Arrangements
December salaries will be paid on 24th December 2015, and will include variable payments for the weeks commencing 16th November, 23th November, 30th November and 7th December.
4. Attendance Arrangements
Exceptionally this year, Parcelforce Worldwide will be closed for business on Saturday 26th December. Depots will be open for business on all other days, including Saturdays where applicable, that are not designated bank or public holidays. 24th December, Christmas Eve, is a normal working day. Local discussions will take place over any necessary adjustments or reductions to duties, in line with previous agreements, on shifts either just before or just after the public holidays due to changes in network arrangements affecting the flow of work.
5. Seasonal Cull Operations
Arrangements in relation to seasonal cull activity, i.e. the Southern Cull, will be subject to a separate local agreement between the relevant Regional Organiser and AGM. Remuneration for additional attendances on the aforementioned dates will be on the same basis as detailed in this agreement, where applicable. Any variations to the remuneration package or standard terms and conditions as outlined in this agreement will be subject to negotiation at National level.
Any enquiries appertaining to this agreement should be referred directly to the respective Headquarters.
Davie RobertsonSharon Sherriff
Assistant SecretaryHead of Employee Relations
Communication Workers UnionParcelforce Worldwide
Date: 4th November 2015