Royal Mail Group – Road Safety Communication Campaign September 2017 – Driver Health Issues – Driver Fatigue/Driving Tired/Driving Drowsy – Stress – Eye Health/Eye Tests and Fitness to Drive: NEW DATE: Week Commencing Monday 18 September 2017
To: All Royal Mail Branches
This is to update Branches and in particular ASRs and WSRs, further to LTB No. 488/2017 dated 7 September 2017.
LTB488/17 (copy attached for reference) reported to ASRs/WSRs and Branches that the Royal Mail Group – Road Safety Communication Campaign for September 2017, on the theme
of Driver Health Issues, including Driver fatigue/Driving Tired/Driving, Stress, Eye Health/Eye Tests would take place during the Week Commencing Monday 11 September 2017. Publicity on this important issue was given via that LTB and also on the CWU Website.
The Royal Mail Group Safety Health and Environment Driver and Road Safety Team had issued the two posters and Regional Messages in readiness for the campaign week.
At 09:30 on Monday morning 11 September, a communication was received from the Royal Mail Group Driver Capability and Behaviour Manager, informing CWU HQ Health, Safety & Environment Department that the Royal Mail Group Communications Team had decided at the eleventh hour to cancel and withdraw the National WTLL which in effect completely undermined the campaign and had the effect of cancelling out the Road Safety communications campaign week completely.
It’s fair to say that the RMG Safety Health and Environment Team were extremely disappointed and were as annoyed as the CWU/HQ Health, Safety and Environment Dept was at this totally irresponsible and unacceptable decision by RMG Communications.
A strong letter of complaint was immediately despatched to Shane O’Riordan RMG Director of
Strategy & Communications, copied to the Director SHE, RMG Chief Executive, RM Chief Operating Officer, RMG Director HR and other Directors.
A reply was received last night from the Director of Strategy & Communications, informing us that following discussions with the Director Safety, Health, Environment and Sustainabilty Shaun Davis, the Road Safety Communications Week will not now be completely cancelled and instead will go ahead next week – Week Commencing Monday 18 September 2017. See
attached correspondence for your information.
Would ASRs please note the after the September campaign, the next Road Safety Week in RMG will be the ‘Brake’ UK National Road Safety Week 20-26 November 2017, with the theme – “Speed Down Saves Lives”. Further information on that and associated communications and materials, LTBs etc will follow in due course and we will be seeking to ensure no repetition of what occurred with this month’s road safety campaign week, caused by RMG Comms.
A separate LTB and attachments, Posters, Leaflets, Fact Sheets will be issued by the Health, Safety & Environment Department on “Driver Fatigue and Road Accidents”, to support the Road Safety Campaign Week themes and help raise awareness amongst Driver Members of this crucially important issue.
• Poster 1
• Poster 2