JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING MAIL CENTRE WORKPLAN & SEASONAL PLANS
FOR THE PROCESSING FUNCTION
Branches and representatives will be aware that issues in respect of Mail Centre Workplan (the advancement of 2c) and Seasonal Plans in relation to the Processing function have come to the fore in recent months, which have resulted in the department making representation to the business at National level.
Following productive discussions with the business the department has now achieved a Joint Statement which confirms that:
The CWU have not agreed any change to the Workplan for 2c or Tracked items (other than the bespoke Amazon arrangements)
That any future proposals for change to Workplan will be subject to discussion and agreement at National level prior to any activity in the field.
That the Seasonal Plans have been separated from the longer term discussions.
That any Seasonal Plans agreed will expire no later than the 17th January 2017 when current processing arrangements will resume, unless any revised position has been agreed and communicated as a result of the National discussions.
It is recognised that the pending strand activity on Future Design/Pipeline will have a bearing on Workplan in the longer term.
The Joint Statement has been endorsed by the Postal Executive and a copy is attached for your information.
The department hopes that the clarification provided in the attached Joint Statement will be welcomed by Branches, representatives and members and that engagement may now take place locally in relation to the Seasonal Plan arrangements.
Branches and representatives are requested to notify the department immediately if there are any attempts by management to breach the commitments contained in the attached Joint Statement.
Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference number: 722.01
REGARDING MAIL CENTRE WORKPLAN & SEASONAL PLANS
Recent developments have highlighted that issues exist in relation to the current status of Mail Centre Workplan and Processing Seasonal Plans. It has therefore been agreed to issue this Joint Statement to provide the following clarification:
Royal Mail and the CWU have not currently agreed any change to existing Mail Centre Workplan for 2c or Tracked items (other than those Amazon Tracked 24 Direct Injection changes covered by the updated 2015 JS on Amazon Bulk Sort).
National discussions are however currently taking place in regard to Mail Centre Workplan arrangements. These discussions will assess resourcing requirements to smooth the traffic profile in order to protect our network and RDCs, improve the flow of mail throughout the pipeline and provide excellent Quality of Service while maintaining meaningful workload and earnings packages across all shifts.
These discussions are in addition to pending National discussions in relation to future vision, which may influence Mail Centre Workplan arrangements going forward.
Any long term proposals for change to Mail Centre Workplan will remain the subject of discussions at National level, with any agreed mutual interest outcome jointly communicated prior to any local discussions on deployment.
Notwithstanding the above it is also recognised that the increase in the Tracked 24/48 product has operational implications which are particularly prevalent during the peak season. Therefore in order to support the operation and maintain QofS during this particularly busy time the following has been agreed:
Any proposed temporary Seasonal Plans in relation to Processing, which have been designed to relieve pressure within the RDC Network during peak, should be progressed as part of the Seasonal Plan discussions at each site.
Any temporary Seasonal Plans agreed in relation to the Processing function will run with immediate effect and will cease by 17th January 2017.
The current agreed arrangements for Processing will resume on the cessation of the temporary Seasonal Plans. Should the abovementioned Mail Centre Workplan discussions be concluded prior to this date this will be jointly communicated to allow the relevant local discussions to take place in line with the IR Framework to facilitate any agreed changes.
We believe that the above information now provides the required clarification to enable local discussions to take place in relation to the Seasonal Plans for Processing and would request that the relevant engagement now takes place.
Deborah Rodger Davie Robertson
National Head of Processing Performance Assistant Secretary
Royal Mail CWU
Date: 2nd November 2016
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LTB 647/16 – JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING MAIL CENTRE WORKPLAN & SEASONAL PLANS FOR THE PROCESSING FUNCTION