Bucknall Grange Development Stoke-On–Trent – Low Level Letterbox Victory For CWU Postal Worker Members

Bucknall Grange Development Stoke-On–Trent  Low Level Letterbox Victory For CWU Postal Worker Members:

Following the CWU “Ban Low Level Letter Box” campaign, Keepmoat Homes who are building 205 houses and two apartment blocks on the Bucknall Grange site have at last, after some pressure, responded sympathetically to the Communication Workers Union’s campaign and agreed to cease fitting the ground level letter boxes.

I’m delighted with the outcome of our efforts to get the low level letterboxes problem on the Bucknall Grange site in Stoke resolved and this is fantastic news for our members in Stoke – I welcome Keepmoat’s response. Our members delivering in Stoke to the area were facing around two hundred fifty houses and apartments on the site about to get low level letter box doors fitted. That’s now been stopped after our campaign which was supported by the MP and Council leader and others.

Developer ‘Keepmoat Homes’ has gone even further by assuring the CWU  that not only will all the remaining homes at Bucknall Grange get mid-level door height letter box doors fitted but going forward, all future developments and homes they build will also have mid-door-height letter boxes fitted.

Note:

The CWU Campaign has included a lobby of Parliament to win support and on 16 January a Private Members Ten Minute Rule Bill the ‘Low Level Letterboxes (Prohibition) Bill 2019’ put forward by Vicky Ford‎ MP and supported by MPs from all Parties was passed in the House of Commons and the CWU are calling on Minister Kit Malthouse to amend the Building Regulations to include the current EU Standard and make mid-door level letter boxes mandatory across the UK.

Attachment: letter from Keepmoat Homes Regional MD

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB055 Bucknall Grange Development Stoke-On-Trent – Low Level Letterbox Victory

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Building A Safer Future’ – Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety (The Hackitt Review Final Report) and Government Response & Implementation Plan

Building A Safer Future’ – Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety (The Hackitt Review Final Report) and Government Response & Implementation Plan

Introduction:

LTB 304/18 dated 21 May 2018 reported on the publication of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety announced by government in July 2017 following the Grenfell Tower Fire tragedy and was led by former HSE Chair Dame Judith Hackitt. Its purpose was to make recommendations that will ensure a sufficiently robust regulatory system for the future. It examined building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement with the focus on multi-occupancy high-rise residential buildings. An interim report was published on 18 December 2017 and the final report was published on 17 May 2018. Last month the government published its response to the report and stated that it will implement all the recommendations outlined in the Hackitt review as part of a tougher regulatory system for building safety.

The changes will create a stronger and more effective regulatory framework to improve building safety. This will mean tougher sanctions for those who disregard residents’ safety, more rigorous standards and guidance for those undertaking building work, and a stronger voice for residents.

Government Response – Implementation Plan:

The plans outlined on 18 December explain how the government will implement the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in her review of building regulations and fire safety published following the Grenfell Tower fire. “Building a Safer Future” commits the government to a programme of reform over the coming years which will:

  • Take forward all of the recommendations in the Hackitt review
  • Create a more effective regulatory and accountability framework to provide greater oversight of the industry
  • Introduce clearer standards and guidance, including establishing a new Standards Committee to advise on construction product and system standards and regulations
  • Put residents at the heart of the new system of building safety, empowering them with more effective routes for engagement and redress
  • Help to create a culture change and a more responsible building industry, from design, through to construction and management

The government will establish the Joint Regulators’ Group to trial elements of a new regulatory system ahead of any new proposed legislation. The group will bring existing regulatory bodies together to work with developers and building owners, as well as seeking input from residents and tenants, to develop and test new approaches that may later feature in legislation.

In addition to setting out its plans to implement the changes called for by Dame Judith Hackitt, a full review of fire safety guidance within building regulations has also been launched. The government has issued a ‘call for evidence’ that will gather expert advice on the full range of fire safety issues to enable guidance to be revised.

The government is also inviting views from residents and those who manage buildings on how to improve fire and structural safety. Residents and building owners are invited to identify the best ways of working together to meet safety responsibilities and to share existing good practice.

The government statement said that there is nothing more important than being safe in your own home and the government is determined to improve building safety. The plan for stronger, tougher rules will make sure there is no hiding place for those who flout building safety rules. By making people responsible and more accountable for safety, the government will create a more rigorous system so residents will always have peace of mind that they are safe in their own homes.

The Hackitt Review Key Recommendations:

  • A new regulatory framework focused, in the first instance, on multi-occupancy higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs) that are 10 storeys or more in height;
  • A new Joint Competent Authority (JCA) comprising Local Authority Building Standards, fire and rescue authorities and the Health and Safety Executive to oversee better management of safety risks in these buildings (through safety cases) across their entire life cycle;
  • A mandatory incident reporting mechanism for dutyholders with concerns about the safety of a HRBB;
  • A set of rigorous and demanding dutyholder roles and responsibilities to ensure a stronger focus on building safety;
  • A series of robust gateway points to strengthen regulatory oversight that will require dutyholders to show to the JCA that their plans are detailed and robust;
  • A stronger change control process that will require robust record-keeping by the dutyholder of all changes made to the detailed plans previously signed off by the JCA;
  • A single, more streamlined, regulatory route to oversee building standards as part of the JCA to ensure that regulatory oversight of these buildings is independent from clients, designers and contractors and that enforcement can and does take place where necessary;
  • More rigorous enforcement powers. A wider and more flexible range of powers will be created to focus incentives on the creation of reliably safe buildings from the outset. This also means more serious penalties for those who choose to place residents at risk;
  • Clearer rights and obligations for residents to maintain the fire safety of individual dwellings;
  • A regulator for the whole of the building (the JCA) in relation to fire and structural safety in occupation; and
  • A more effective testing regime for cladding with clearer labelling and product transparency

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB051 Building A Safer Future – Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

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Royal Mail Group (RMG) – Annual Property Inspections (API)/Building Risk Assessments (BRA) Surveys – New Site Log Book Deployment Update

Royal Mail Group (RMG) – Annual Property Inspections (API)/Building Risk Assessments (BRA) Surveys – New Site Log Book Deployment Update

This update is for the attention of Area and Workplace Health and Safety Representatives regarding the new Royal Mail Site Log Book (SLB) deployment of which began in October 2018.

To date over 403 Site Log Books have been replaced by Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions (RMP&FS) as part of the Annual Property Inspection (API)/Building Risk Assessment (BRA) Survey programme with a new condensed, easier to read and use, modern version SLB. The Site Log Book and PiC Handbook have been reviewed in conjunction with each other and duplication removed.

National Design Consultancy (NDC) has been commissioned by Royal Mail Group Property Holdings & Facilities Solutions (RMP&FS) to carry out an Annual Property Inspection/Building Risk Assessment (BRA) Survey at each site. This survey forms part of Royal Mail’s rolling programme of Building Surveys.

1600 RMG sites will get a new version of the Site Log Book (SLB) during the 2018/19 and 2019/20 API programme. The old SLB had 6 volumes and 187 pages. In the new version, this has been reduced to 1 volume and 48 pages.

The National Design Consultancy (NDC), will visit approximately 10 sites per week and will brief the Person in Control (PiC), taking them through the whole process and explaining the changes, removing the old Site Log Book (SLB), sending this to archives and replacing the old version with a new modern version.

So far this has been very well received with positive feedback. All sites will have the new site logs books in place by the end of September 2019.

Attached for your information are the forms of communications sent to PiC’s. All PiC’s are expected to complete the hazard control sheet in advance of the API/SLB deployment.

The attachments include copies of the following communications, documents, briefings and associated materials being communicated across Royal Mail Group and to all Persons in Control (PiCs) ahead of the forthcoming planned site visits; e.g. PiC Briefs, instructions, procedures and deployment processes. For your information. They are:-

  • Letter to PiC’s to inform them of the Annual Property/Site Compliance Inspection (API visit) and New Site Log Book(SLB) deployment. (NOTE: Prior to the API. PiCs are requested to (a) complete a Hazard Control Sheet, (b) check that the latest Fire Risk Assessment Review document is available within the website records (c) check that the Premises Fire Evacuation Plan is available within the website records and (d) during the visit PiCs will be asked to complete an Environmental Legal Register.
  • API mailshot – Announcing that the Annual Property Inspection (API) is now due and a letter is being issued to site PiC outlining the arrangements for the visit. Ahead of the API/BRA Survey/SLB change over visit the PiC must download and complete a new Hazard Control Sheet in advance of the visit, placing one copy in the SLB and sending one copy to the National Design Consultancy (NDC).
  • Annual Property Inspection/Building Risk Assessment/Site Log Book Deployment Plan Monitor with dates – October 2018 – September 2019.
  • New SLB Deployment Procedure.
  • Ops Briefing on “New Site Log Book Deployment” – For information and cascade.All Area Health and Safety Representatives will be fully consulted and involved locally with the Annual Property/Site Compliance Inspection/Building Risk Assessment visits and Site Log Book Change Over process and can attend by making local arrangements with the PiC/SHE Advisor.

If PiCs have any issues, concerns or questions ASRs should direct them to Mr. Gurkan Hasan Implementation Manager RM Property Risk, Compliance & Assurance Email: gurkan.hasan@royalmail.com Mobile: 07736 786704

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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Re: CWU Low Level Letter Box Campaign – BBC Breakfast Programme Tomorrow Tuesday 29 January

Re: CWU Low Level Letter Box Campaign – BBC Breakfast Programme Tomorrow Tuesday 29 January

Further to my 16 January communication to ASRs and Regional Health and Safety Forums, this is to inform you that the CWU Low Level Letter Box Campaign is due to be a ‘Feature Item’ on the BBC Breakfast Programme tomorrow morning following a visit by the BBC to Chelmsford Delivery Office in Essex where a number of interviews took place along with filming of the operation as well as out on delivery with a CWU member and delivery postman. (NOTE: The BBC does warn that the Feature can be moved back to later in the week if a big breaking news event story should arise and take precedent).

As you know, I have been campaigning on the above subject since I became National Officer.  Conference in 2018 carried two motions, one in General, one in Postal to re-launch the Campaign and this I have been doing both nationally and locally, working with a number of ASRs in particular to deal with many local issues and developments in which we have had some success.

The key objective is to get the law changed in order to outlaw low level letter boxes on new builds, building refurbishments and replacement doors by achieving a law change to the Building Regulations which require the fitting of mid-height letter boxes to all new homes, refurbishments and new doors.

Presently, the Union has to fight builders, landlords and developers case by case in difficult situations to convince them to follow the non-mandatory EU Standard.

I am pleased to report that a Private Member’s Ten Minute Rule Bill by Chelmsford MP Vicky Ford which was heard before a packed House of Commons on 16 January, following Prime Minister’s Question Time and before the Labour Opposition No Confidence Motion.

The Low Level Letter Box (Prohibition) Bill speech by Vicky Ford MP in the House of Commons on 16.1.19 can be watched at this link:

I am also pleased that at long last we have managed to get the subject matter on to the floor of the House of Commons and from here the objective will be to widen the Campaign within the Houses of Parliament and schedule meetings with ministers to take the Campaign forward.

Finally, I wish to add that I have recently received a huge level of correspondence and support from Labour MPs and MPs from all Political Parties as well as local Council Politicians where we are also campaigning locally.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB054 CWU Low Level Letter Box Campaign – BBC Breakfast Programme Tuesday 29 January 2019

New monthly workplace podcast for Delivery members.

Yesterday the Comms Dept.launched a new monthly workplace podcast for Delivery members.

Each month we will tackle some of the key issues facing our members in deliveries.

In episode one we sat down with National Officer, Mark Baulch and coverage a range of topics.

Give this a listen and share it with as many of your colleagues as possible.

Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No. 18 December 2018-January 2019

Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No. 18 December 2018-January 2019

The Greener Jobs Alliance was launched to promote skills training and job creation to meet the needs of Britain’s rapidly growing low carbon sectors and to green the whole economy.

The transition to a low carbon and resource efficient economy can drive sustainable economic recovery and job creation in every part of the country as well as making existing jobs more secure. But this requires a more strategic national and local approach to deliver the workforce skills needed and to stimulate demand for clean energy and energy efficiency services.

The Greener Jobs Alliance liaises at a national and local level to build the broadest possible support for the policies, investment, partnerships and commitments needed to drive the transition to a low carbon economy.

The Greener Jobs Alliance liaises with training bodies, colleges, universities, employers, local and national government, trade unions, housing associations and campaign and community groups – to build the policies, investment and partnerships needed to drive the transition to a low carbon economy.

The GJA runs a number of ‘free’ courses on the environment for Trade Union Reps in different parts of the UK which have been attended by a number of CWU Reps.

The GJA came into existence as a result of funding from Battersea and Wandsworth TUC.

See attached December 2018 – January 2019 Newsletter No.18.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

 19LTB045 Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Newsletter No 18 December 2018-January 2019

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Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Annual General Meeting Tuesday, 29 January 2019 from  1.00 – 2.30pm at UCU Head Office, Carlow St, London NW1 7LH (nearest tube Mornington Crescent)

Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Annual General Meeting Tuesday, 29 January 2019 from  1.00 – 2.30pm at UCU Head Office, Carlow St, London NW1 7LH (nearest tube Mornington Crescent)

The Greener Jobs Alliance have informed the CWU/HQ Health, Safety & Environment Department of the details of the GJA Annual General Meeting which will take place on 29 January, 1pm – 2:30pm at UCU HQ, Carlow St, London NW1 7LH. The nearest London Underground station is Mornington Crescent on the Northern Line.

There is an open invitation to CWU Reps wishing to attend.

Time to get serious about climate change:

The AGM Theme is “Time to get serious about climate change”. The GJA asks; ‘ Has there ever been such a massive gap between science and government policy?’ The next 12 years will be crucial as to whether we stand any chance of preventing the world from tipping in to ever more dangerous levels of global warming. What kind of Industrial Strategy will be needed to get us to net zero carbon?

Guest Speakers:

Chi Onwurah MP Labour Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation and Sampson Low, UNISON Head of Policy will present their ideas and respond to comments and questions.

About the GJA

The Greener Jobs Alliance was launched to promote skills training and job creation to meet the needs of Britain’s rapidly growing low carbon sectors and to green the whole economy. The Greener Jobs Alliance liaises at a national and local level to build the broadest possible support for the policies, investment, partnerships and commitments needed to cut air pollution and drive the transition to a low carbon economy in which employers ‘green’ their operations within clear national policies and incentives to raise the workforce interests in training for low carbon skills and seeing its relevance for job security. The Greener Jobs Alliance liaises with training bodies, colleges, universities, employers, local and national government, trade unions, housing associations and campaign and community groups – to build the policies, investment and partnerships needed to drive the transition to a low carbon economy.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

 19LTB044 Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) Annual General Meeting Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Royal Mail Fleet: Appendix A Draft Agreement

Royal Mail Fleet: Appendix A Draft Agreement

Further to LTB 009/19 I am pleased to report that a revised offer has been received from Royal Mail Fleet which the Postal Executive is recommending for acceptance in an individual member ballot of RM Motor Transport Grade members. A video explaining the offer in full can be viewed on https://www.facebook.com/ThecommunicationsUnion/. A copy of the full offer is attached.

Key points

The offer incorporates the 2% April 2019 pay award and a cash equivalent value of the two 1 hour reductions in working time linked to the 2018 and 2019 pay reviews in the Four Pillars Agreement.

Pay

  • Increase of 14% in basic pay for all MT grades from 1st April 2019, which becomes pensionable from 2020
  • 14% increase in London Weighting and Scottish Distant Islands Allowance from 1st April 2019
  • 7.6% increase in standard shift allowance from implementation of workshop revisions based on the agreement. Reserved rights shift payments remain at current rate
  • Current overtime rate at grade maximum converted to a cash rate and increased by 2.7% Monday to Friday rate applied across six days Monday to Saturday. From date of implementation of workshop revisions
  • Senior Technician allowance retained at current rate
  • Cessation of Business Transformation addition to basic pay from implementation of workshop revision
  • Cessation of RRIS payment from implementation of workshop revision – payment of lump sum equivalent to value of RRIS from implementation of revision to end March 2020

 

Standardisation and Flexibility 

  • Saturday working within conditioned hours, based on 4 attendances across 6 days
  • Core workshop opening times of 8 – 6 Monday to Friday and 8 – 4 Saturday. Opening hours not limited to core times – workshops may open earlier and may remain open later compatible with customer service requirements
  • Revisions to be implemented aligned to core times by 1st July 2019
  • Maximum 1 hour flexibility per day – time to be taken back as soon as possible – maximum of 4 hours accrual
  • Privilege days incorporated into annual leave entitlement. Increase in annual leave entitlement to 30 days after 20 years’ service for apprentices, technicians and fleet assistants. Current shift supervisors will retain personal rights to a maximum 6 weeks 2.5 days leave entitlement

Career Path and Upskilling

Work to design and agree new frontline role structure to be completed by 31st May

  • Introduction of Service Reception Engineer role aligned to shift supervisor pay
  • Introduction of lead technician (diagnostic) aligned to single pay point of £32,890
  • New Storeperson grade and pay rate to be agreed

A series of meetings is being scheduled to present the deal to members prior to the ballot, details of which will be provided to branches when finalised. It is anticipated that the ballot will open in the last week of February.

All enquiries regarding the content of this LTB should be addressed to the PTCS Department, quoting reference 201. Email address: khawkins@cwu.org

 

Yours Sincerely,

Ray Ellis

Assistant Secretary

Attachment 1 – 19LTB042

Attachment 2 – RM Fleet CWU Pay Agreement Jan 2019 Final Version_

Terms of Reference between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union for Joint Working around Work Measurement and Planning Value Development within Deliveries

Terms of Reference between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union for Joint Working around Work Measurement and Planning Value Development within Deliveries

Dear Colleagues,

As Branches will be aware, the Guiding Principles Agreement (Four Pillars Agreement) contains at paragraph 10.2 a section which relates to efficiency and productivity measures used within the company. The section includes within it the need to review the current measures involving all functions in order to arrive at an agreed and recognised measure.

Although this activity outlined above and the exact detail of the review is still being developed and would in itself be subject to a separate agreement, as a result of some initial meetings taking place with Royal Mail last year, it became apparent that whilst there are CWU nominated and trained Industrial Engineers within other functions there were none who were from or working to the delivery function. As a result of this dialogue with Royal Mail, the company indicated in August 2018 that they were prepared to offer three places on a training course in order to provide a similar opportunity within the delivery function. We believe this will be of great benefit to the CWU going forward in relation to the likely amount of different trials and proposed changes to methods which will need evaluation from a CWU perspective.

Consequently, three CWU nominees were put forward and have now successfully completed the necessary training and will be available to carry out the work on behalf of the Outdoor Department as of January 2019.

We have concluded a Terms of Reference with Royal Mail (attached), which has been cleared by the Postal Executive, and which sets out the agreed activity and engagement and outlines the way the CWU nominated Industrial Engineers will work in delivery, along with their roles and remit and any necessary support which may be required.

Whilst developments in this area will be subject to ongoing review and the attached TOR reflects arrangements already in place and agreed by the Union covering other functions, the establishment of the three CWU nominated Industrial Engineers is seen as positive in terms of genuine engagement with Royal Mail around work measurement and planning value development within deliveries.

Any enquires as to the content of this LTB should be directed to the Outdoor Department, reference 150.02, email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Baulch

CWU Assistant Secretary

LTB 041.19 – RM_CWU Terms of Reference for Joint Working around Work Measurement and Planning Value Development within Deliveries

RM_CWU Terms of Reference – Joint Working around Work Measurement and Planning Value Development within Deliveries

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