Working Time Directive (WTD)
Branches and Representatives will be aware that Royal Mail has recently issued a communication to managers in a number of areas relating to the Working Time Directive (WTD). A copy of the document is attached for your information.
The document makes reference to managers ensuring compliance with a range of issues covered by the WTD including night worker regulations, young worker regulations, Scheduled Attendance arrangements and the maximum working week (with or without the opt out). The communication refers operational managers to a new portal allowing them to access data on hours worked to ensure their units adhere to the terms of the WTD.
Branches are reminded that national discussions with the business are currently taking place regarding night workers and the WTD, that no agreement or revised wording has been agreed with the CWU and that longstanding working practices set out in the Way Forward Agreement should continue unchanged unless advised by CWU Headquarters.
Following correspondence with the CWU, Royal Mail has now removed the references to the night workers average and the Scheduled Attendance limits while these remain the subject of national talks with the Union.
CWU Representatives should therefore ensure that if local management attempt to change working practices on Scheduled Attendance limits and night workers hours, the previous advice set out in LTBs 448/17 and 459/17 should continue to be followed. If local managers fail to comply with the terms of our current agreements then a disagreement should be registered via the IR Framework and the status quo should apply.
Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to the DGS(P) Department.
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)