CWU/RM -National Terms of Reference – Uniform Trial Footwear Magnum Bandera Active Trainers & Panther Taormina Shoe (Non Safety).
Letter to Branches 271, dated the 9th of April 2018, provided an update on the trials of the Panther Easyflex and Magnum Bandera Waterproof Trainers and confirmed that the Easyflex trainer had been added to the official uniform footwear range following a successful trial, but that the Magnum Bandera trainer had not due to ongoing manufacturing difficulties during the trial.
The Outdoor Department has now been in discussion with Royal Mail for two further trials of footwear which are detailed in the attached Terms of Reference. The trials are for the Magnum Bandera Active Trainer and the Panther Taormina Shoe.
The Magnum Bandera Active Trainer is based on a unisex sizing with the Panther Taormina Shoe being based on a ‘female fit’ sizes 2 – 7 and ‘unisex fit’ sizes 8 plus. Also attached to this LTB is a photo of both the Magnum Bandera Active Trainer and the Panther Taormina Shoe.
The Magnum Bandera Active Trainer is based on the former ‘Magnum Bandera Trainer’ but has undergone a number of improvements since the last trial in relation to sizing and durability.
The Panther Taormina Shoe is based on the same sole as the Panther Easyflex Trainer with a full leather upper rather than a material upper.
The trial will be for 5,000 pairs of the Magnum Bandera Active Trainer and a 1,000 pairs of the Panther Taormina Shoe, and for the purpose of the trial these will be made available on request in line with the normal uniform ordering arrangements in respect to footwear and will be available for walking delivery / delivery drivers. If the trial for either or both footwear range proves successful then they will be made available to all employees who are entitled to non-safety footwear.
The trial will take place from August 2018 for the Panther Taormina and November 2018 for the Magnum Bandera Active and will run for a period of 12 weeks, with a joint National review in November and February respectively on progress and developments.
The trial of the new trainer and shoe should be welcomed by Branches as it seeks to further improve footwear provisions and options for members and should also be welcomed as the Panther Taormina Shoe is based on a ‘female fit’ sizes 2 – 7, which reflects longstanding Conference policy in these two areas regarding footwear.
Any queries to the content of the above, please contact the Outdoor Department, reference: 500 email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CWU Assistant Secretary