RM/CWU National Terms of Reference – Uniform Trial New Lighter Weight Polo Shirt
In line with our ongoing talks with Royal Mail in relation to general uniform matters, the Outdoor Department has agreed a trial of a new lighter weight polo shirt (unisex).
Over the past number of months there has been a common theme throughout the recent Royal Mail/Dimensions Roadshows (and which was also raised at the Royal Mail uniform stall at this year’s CWU Conference) that the current polo shirt is too thick and heavy and that a lighter weight fabric would be more suitable.
Against this background and feedback, a Terms of Reference has been agreed between the CWU and Royal Mail to trial a new lighter weight polo shirt based on fabric 200gsm (as opposed to the current 250gsm) in order to review if the new lighter weight version of the polo shirt is more suitable and an improvement on the current issue.
As set out in the attached TOR, the trial of the new polo shirt will be limited to a small selection of workplaces in the North East (Tyneside Mail Centre and the Delivery Offices of Valley, Heaton and Gateshead) due to a limited level of stock of the new polo shirt.
Additionally, it has also been agreed that the trial will last for a period of 5 weeks from January to February 2019, as opposed to the normal 3 months, due to the required lead time needed with the supplier to move the uniform item from concept to deployment. The aim is to have the new polo shirt available by August 2019, subject to the trial feedback.
It should be noted that the trial will operate on the basis of ‘first come-first served’ for those members who wish to participate in the trial at the listed workplaces (with no impact or reduction to their normal uniform allocation arrangements).
It is hoped that the trial of a new lighter weight polo shirt is welcomed by Branches, and subject to the trial outputs, made available for general uniform order in midsummer of next year.
Any queries to the content of the above, please contact the Outdoor Department, reference: 500, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.