Further to LTB 661/18 further discussions took place with the business on a cross departmental basis on the 5th November 2018 in relation to Christmas & New Year Arrangements 2018/19, at which an agreement was concluded that was subsequently endorsed by the Postal Executive. 

A copy of the final agreement is attached for your information.

Branches and representatives will note that the document broadly mirrors previous agreements, although some changes have been incorporated this year to deal with issues such as arrangements for delivery of LAT Traffic and Inward Tracked sortation at MPU’s. The format has also been amended to remove some of the duplication in previous agreements.

In addition and in light of the contractual changes emanating from the Guiding Principles agreement, arrangements have confirmed that variations of contract for the Christmas Pressure period for Part Time or 35 hour Full Time staff can be to 38 hours where the workload supports the increase.

The document also for the first time includes wording, which extends the definition on the “no claw back” principle beyond USO service provision, in recognition of the growing levels of non USO workload.

Colleagues should however also note that an issue still exists in relation to Christmas Planning Document, XPD 8.4 Working Time Limits circulated by the business, which outlines what is an un-agreed reduction in the amount of hours that may be worked from 80 to 70 over the peak period. For clarity, issues relating to the Working Time Directive remains a National Point of Principle and is subject to further discussion. Therefore In the absence of any current resolution to the Working Time Limits the status quo should be applied, with issues being progressed via the IR Framework where necessary.

Please note that in recent years arrangements for Network Drivers have been concluded in a specific agreement and this has remained the case for the 2018/19 arrangements. Branches should note that a separate Letter to Branches will be issued by the relevant department in due course to communicate the arrangements for Network Drivers.

Colleagues will be aware that discussions have been protracted and, as has been the case in recent years, much of the debate has been around the resourcing and remuneration aspects and in particular the application of SA for prescheduled overtime and rest day cover. However, given the difficulties experienced during the negotiations we believe that the most robust wording possible has been achieved in this agreement, which should allow local discussions to progress in line with the IR Framework.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to:

Processing/Logistics, Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: or quoting reference 706A.09.


Delivery: Mark Baulch, Assistant Secretary, email: quoting reference 170.

Yours sincerely

Davie Robertson                                        Mark Baulch
Assistant Secretary                            Assistant Secretary

18LTB630 – Christmas and New Year Arrangements 2018 – 07.11.18

156 – Final Christmas Arrangements 2018 – 07.11.18


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