Roof Work Safety In Royal Mail Group Buildings – Maintenance & Repairs by RMPFS & Contractors

Roof Work Safety In Royal Mail Group Buildings – Maintenance & Repairs by RMPFS & Contractors

Working on roofs is a high-risk activity because it involves working at height. Roof workers make up a quarter of all workers killed in falls from height at work. Falls from or through fragile roofs account for more of these deaths than any other single cause. Not all those who are killed while working on roofs are trained roof workers. There are also many serious injuries, often resulting in permanent disabilities. Sadly there have been several roof fall fatalities and serious injuries in Royal Mail Group properties over the years and RMG/CWU jointly don’t want to see any more.

CWU Area Safety Reps should be involved and consulted at pre-start meetings prior to any works commencing in their postcode constituency areas and are right to insist that those managing and undertaking the roof work need to produce a Site Specific Risk Assessment and Work Method Statement for the work to be undertaken.

Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions (PFS) has recently tightened up its access arrangements for roof work.  Using a roof as a platform to work from is inherently dangerous, and should be avoided wherever possible. There continues to be a significant risk from people falling from the leading edge of roofs or through fragile roof material e.g. skylights. Such incidents usually result in fatal or life changing injuries. In recognition of this fact Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions (RMPFS) has tightened up its access arrangements in relation to this matter and in RMG buildings. No contractor or consultant is allowed to set foot on a roof without prior RMPFS authorisation.

Those controlling and managing roof work must plan for safety and determine who will supervise the job ‘on site’ and check that the system is effectively controlling risks, how they will ensure workers are trained and competent and that they work to the ‘method statement’, taking account of fragility, safe access to the roof, that there’s a safe system and safe place of work on the roof and that falls can be prevented. Weather conditions need to be taken into account. They need to take account of electricity, ensure there’s an escape route in case of fire, that there is Fall Arrest Systems Equipment, Scaffolds are erected safely, there is safe use of any mobile access equipment and ladders, only trained and competent staff must be used and that CDM requirements are met.

RMG Roof Work Communications Issued This Week:

Roof Access Arrangements 

Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions (PFS) has recently tightened up its access arrangements for roof work.  Using a roof as a platform to work from is inherently dangerous, and should be avoided wherever possible.  Significant risks exist in relation to falling from the leading edge of roofs or through fragile roof material such as skylights – these incidents usually result in fatal or life changing injuries.  PFS has therefore communicated updated roof access rules to all PFS employees, the contracts team and RMG suppliers.  It is important that PIC’s are aware of the risks surrounding roof work and in particular that roof work is now only permitted in daylight hours in RMG owned sites:

PICs in RMG Owned Buildings 

All contractors or consultants must have prior PFS authorisation before being allowed to set foot on a roof. No contractors or consultants are allowed to set foot on a roof between sunset and sunrise (times available from www.timeanddate.com). PIC’s must not allow any roof work to be carried outside of daylight hours. All workers accessing roofs, (including those undertaking surveys and short duration work) must be trained specifically in work at height and accessing roofs. Contractors must have a ‘Risk Assessment and ‘Work Method Statements’ that are specific to the site. (Generic Risk Assessments are not adequate or acceptable). These will have already been checked and authorised by persons appointed by RMPFS but the PIC must ask the contractor to explain their work method statement. The PIC must also discuss any risks to people on site and how this will be managed during the work.  Similarly PIC’s must also advise the contractors of any RMG activity that may impact upon them and their safety whilst on site.

PICs in leased Buildings 

Where RMG is a tenant in a building and therefore not the landlord, some different arrangements apply. If RMP&FS have commissioned the work, they will have obtained the landlord’s consent to carry out the work and the above rules then apply.  Where the landlord has commissioned the work, the landlord is responsible for authorising how the work will be carried out and establishing rules for roof access.  In this instance, RMPFS must liaise with the PIC to ensure that adequate arrangements are in place to protect RMG staff and the public for the duration of the works.

Remember that the PIC is authorised and permitted to stop a contractor working if they are working unsafely – in this instance it must be reported to the PFS Helpdesk. 

Advice is also available from the local RMG SHE Advisor.

CWU ASRs will be fully involved and consulted pre-start and during any roof work.

See attached: 

  • RMG SHE Standard 10.1 – Selection and Working with Contractors Guide
  • RMG Contractors Health & Safety Guide/Pocket Card
  • RMPFS Roof Work Communication Jan 2019
  • HSE Health & Safety in Roof Work HSG33

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB121 Roof Work Safety In Royal Mail Group Buildings – Maintenance & Repairs by RMPFS & Contractors

HSE Health Safety in Roof Work HSG33

RMG Contractor Safety Guide

RMPFS Roof Work Communication Jan 2019

Selection + Management of Contractors Guidance (Appendix 2) (v1.1)

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Defibrillators To Be Provided In All Public Places Campaign – Change.Org Petition

Defibrillators To Be Provided In All Public Places Campaign – Change.Org Petition

As previously reported Alison and Kevin Cooney started a petition to the Prime Minister Theresa May MP after their son Tom Cooney died at the age of 28. He was playing rugby when his heart stopped beating. The post mortem showed that he suffered from an undiagnosed genetic heart condition, Arrythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy. Between 10 and 12 young people aged 18-35 die every week from this and other undiagnosed heart problems. Often such deaths occur when playing competitive sports. Tom’s friends tried to give him CPR but it didn’t work. In cases like these CPR is only effective 6% of the time.

Below are some of the key statistics: Heart and circulatory disease causes more than a quarter (26 per cent) of all deaths in the UK; that’s nearly 160,000 deaths each year – an average of 435 people each day or one death every three minutes.

  • There are around 7 million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK: 3.5 million men and 3.5 million women.
  • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of cardiovascular disease.
  • Coronary heart disease is the most common cause of heart attack. In the UK there are 188,000 hospital visits each year due to heart attacks: that’s one every three minutes.
  • An estimated 915,000 people alive in the UK today (640,000 men and 275,000 women) have survived a heart attack.
  • Over half a million people in the UK are living with heart failure.
  • There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year. The overall survival rate in the UK is less than 1 in 10.

Defibrillators or (AEDs – Automated External Defibrillators) are devices that can dramatically improve the chances of survival in this situation. Tom Cooney might still be alive today if there had been a defibrillator at the sports club he was playing at and this story is repeated many times over.

Survival rates as high as 75% have been reported where CPR and defibrillation are delivered promptly.

Some schools and sports grounds have taken it upon themselves to get a defibrillator, but there is nothing that makes it compulsory in law.

In 2017 a Bill was presented to Parliament which would have made Defibrillators compulsory in schools, leisure centres, sports centres and major public places, but due to the 2017 election the Defibrillator (Availability) Bill was tabled never became law.

To avoid other families going through the heartbreak of the loss of a loved one Tom’s parents, Alison and Kevin Cooney started a petition to introduce defibrillators in public places.

In line with CWU Conference Policy decisions calling for defibrillators to be installed in all workplaces, we have been supporting this petition and campaign.

So far 516,537 have signed the Petition.

Arrangements are being made to deliver the petition to Downing St. this coming Saturday, 23rd February at 11.30. This would have been Tom Cooney’s 30th birthday and it had been decided that it would be a good way to mark the occasion. The family have been overwhelmed at the amount of support received and have thanked the CWU amongst others for their support.

A Representative from the British Heart Foundation will be with Alison and Kevin Cooney along with the late Tom Cooney’s partner plus family and friends will be there. Hopefully there will be media interest also.

The next reading of the Defibrillator (Availability) Bill in the House of Commons is due on 15th March so the petition should give added support to the Bill.

There will be a short video on social media for supporters to see.

Please sign the petition at:- https://www.change.org/p/uk-government-cardiac-defibrillators-to-be-provided-in-all-public-places

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

 19LTB120 Defibrillators To Be Provided In All Public Places Campaign – Change.Org Petition


RICHARD BRUCE – Former POSTAL EXECUTIVE MEMBER AND Branch Secretary – MOUNT PLEASANT Branch

RICHARD BRUCE – Former POSTAL EXECUTIVE MEMBER AND Branch Secretary – MOUNT PLEASANT Branch

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Richard Bruce, former Postal Executive Council member suffered a massive heart attack and passed away on Monday, 18th February.

Richard joined the CWU in January 1980, he was a Secretary of the Mount Pleasant Branch and Area Processing Rep from June 1992 to 1997 and a Postal Executive Council member from 1996 to early 2000’s. He was a very committed Representative who always put the members first.

Richard will be cremated at a private ceremony, which is being held today in New York.

On behalf of the CWU I would like to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to Richard’s wife Leslie, his family and friends at this very sad time.

Richard will be sorely missed by members, colleagues and friends within the union and the wider labour movement.

Any enquiries on the content of this LTB please forward togsoffice@cwu.org

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Ward

General Secretary

19LTB122 Richard Bruce – Former Postal Executive Member and Branch Secretary – Mount Pleasant Branch

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HENRY NICHOLSON: FORMER BRANCH CHAIR – NORTH EAST BRANCH

HENRY NICHOLSON: FORMER BRANCH CHAIR – NORTH EAST BRANCH

It is with regret that I write to inform you that Henry Nicholson passed away on Sunday, 17th February. Henry held the position of Branch Chair for North East Branch for 15 years as well as serving as the Political Chair and Health & Safety Chair on a regional basis for a number of years. Also for the last 7 years, Henry served as a Durham County Councillor for Shildon and became the Mayor of Shildon from 2014 to 2015.

Our thoughts are of course with Henry’s family at this sad time and on behalf of the CWU, I convey our deepest sympathy and condolences. He will be sorely missed by members, colleagues and friends within the union and the wider labour movement.

We will forward details of Henry’s funeral arrangements in due course.

Any enquiries on the content of this LTB please forward to gsoffice@cwu.org

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Ward

General Secretary

19LTB117 – HENRY NICHOLSON – FORMER BRANCH CHAIR – NORTH EAST BRANCH

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Roof Work Safety In Royal Mail Group Buildings – Maintenance & Repairs by RMPFS & Contractors

Roof Work Safety In Royal Mail Group Buildings – Maintenance & Repairs by RMPFS & Contractors

Working on roofs is a high-risk activity because it involves working at height. Roof workers make up a quarter of all workers killed in falls from height at work. Falls from or through fragile roofs account for more of these deaths than any other single cause. Not all those who are killed while working on roofs are trained roof workers. There are also many serious injuries, often resulting in permanent disabilities. Sadly there have been several roof fall fatalities and serious injuries in Royal Mail Group properties over the years and RMG/CWU jointly don’t want to see any more.

CWU Area Safety Reps should be involved and consulted at pre-start meetings prior to any works commencing in their postcode constituency areas and are right to insist that those managing and undertaking the roof work need to produce a Site Specific Risk Assessment and Work Method Statement for the work to be undertaken.

Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions (PFS) has recently tightened up its access arrangements for roof work.  Using a roof as a platform to work from is inherently dangerous, and should be avoided wherever possible. There continues to be a significant risk from people falling from the leading edge of roofs or through fragile roof material e.g. skylights. Such incidents usually result in fatal or life changing injuries. In recognition of this fact Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions (RMPFS) has tightened up its access arrangements in relation to this matter and in RMG buildings. No contractor or consultant is allowed to set foot on a roof without prior RMPFS authorisation.

Those controlling and managing roof work must plan for safety and determine who will supervise the job ‘on site’ and check that the system is effectively controlling risks, how they will ensure workers are trained and competent and that they work to the ‘method statement’, taking account of fragility, safe access to the roof, that there’s a safe system and safe place of work on the roof and that falls can be prevented. Weather conditions need to be taken into account. They need to take account of electricity, ensure there’s an escape route in case of fire, that there is Fall Arrest Systems Equipment, Scaffolds are erected safely, there is safe use of any mobile access equipment and ladders, only trained and competent staff must be used and that CDM requirements are met.

RMG Roof Work Communications Issued This Week:

Roof Access Arrangements 

Royal Mail Property & Facilities Solutions (PFS) has recently tightened up its access arrangements for roof work.  Using a roof as a platform to work from is inherently dangerous, and should be avoided wherever possible.  Significant risks exist in relation to falling from the leading edge of roofs or through fragile roof material such as skylights – these incidents usually result in fatal or life changing injuries.  PFS has therefore communicated updated roof access rules to all PFS employees, the contracts team and RMG suppliers.  It is important that PIC’s are aware of the risks surrounding roof work and in particular that roof work is now only permitted in daylight hours in RMG owned sites:

PICs in RMG Owned Buildings 

All contractors or consultants must have prior PFS authorisation before being allowed to set foot on a roof. No contractors or consultants are allowed to set foot on a roof between sunset and sunrise (times available from www.timeanddate.com). PIC’s must not allow any roof work to be carried outside of daylight hours. All workers accessing roofs, (including those undertaking surveys and short duration work) must be trained specifically in work at height and accessing roofs. Contractors must have a ‘Risk Assessment and ‘Work Method Statements’ that are specific to the site. (Generic Risk Assessments are not adequate or acceptable). These will have already been checked and authorised by persons appointed by RMPFS but the PIC must ask the contractor to explain their work method statement. The PIC must also discuss any risks to people on site and how this will be managed during the work.  Similarly PIC’s must also advise the contractors of any RMG activity that may impact upon them and their safety whilst on site.

PICs in leased Buildings 

Where RMG is a tenant in a building and therefore not the landlord, some different arrangements apply. If RMP&FS have commissioned the work, they will have obtained the landlord’s consent to carry out the work and the above rules then apply.  Where the landlord has commissioned the work, the landlord is responsible for authorising how the work will be carried out and establishing rules for roof access.  In this instance, RMPFS must liaise with the PIC to ensure that adequate arrangements are in place to protect RMG staff and the public for the duration of the works.

Remember that the PIC is authorised and permitted to stop a contractor working if they are working unsafely – in this instance it must be reported to the PFS Helpdesk. 

Advice is also available from the local RMG SHE Advisor.

CWU ASRs will be fully involved and consulted pre-start and during any roof work.

See attached: 

  • RMG SHE Standard 10.1 – Selection and Working with Contractors Guide
  • RMG Contractors Health & Safety Guide/Pocket Card
  • RMPFS Roof Work Communication Jan 2019
  • HSE Health & Safety in Roof Work HSG33

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB121 Roof Work Safety In Royal Mail Group Buildings – Maintenance & Repairs by RMPFS & Contractors

HSE Health Safety in Roof Work HSG33

RMG Contractor Safety Guide

RMPFS Roof Work Communication Jan 2019

Selection + Management of Contractors Guidance (Appendix 2) (v1.1)

Cardiff City & County Council All Party Group Responsible Dog Ownership Conference – All Welsh Local Authorities Invited:

Cardiff City & County Council All Party Group Responsible Dog Ownership Conference – All Welsh Local Authorities Invited:

This is to inform you all of the above Conference organised by the Cardiff City & County Council who as a Local Authority have been extremely supportive of the CWU ‘Bite-Back’ Campaign in Wales and following discussions have agreed to be a trial Local Authority for Dog Licensing and Dog Control Notices, subject to Wales Government endorsement.

A number of meetings have taken place with Wales Government Ministers to seek their agreement to extend Dog Control Measures over and above the UK Government measures associated with the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 as Amended in 2014.

At this meeting, the Leaders of all Wales Local Authority Councils have been invited to attend and participate with the aim being to raise awareness, grow support across Wales and get the Wales Government to introduce the appropriate legislation. I will be delivering a presentation of the CWU position and demands. The Wales Government Minister responsible for Dog Control will be speaking along with the Cardiff City & County Council Leader.

Wales Branch ASRs and Reps have been invited to attend the event and I look forward to seeing those attending on the day.

See attached Meeting Flyer.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB119 Cardiff City & County Council All Party Group Responsible Dog Ownership Conference

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Processing Report for 2019 Annual General Meeting’s

Processing Report for 2019

Annual General Meeting’s

 

 

General 

I would like to start this report by thanking those CWURepresentatives and Substitutes who have supported me and each other over the last year. I also thank those members of the CWU Eastern No5 Branch Committee for the supportthey have given me and last of all thanks go out to you our members who have patiently shown support and understanding in another testing year.

The Pay and Four Pillars Agreement (P&FPA) was in its infancy at last year’s AGM. A lot of time over the last 12months has been spent negotiating the many challenges that the agreement offered up, as well as all the normal day to day tasks that face the CWU Reps and members. 

An ever-growing aspect of the business, which we have reported on before, Is the change since privatisation on the business approach to our Royal Mail/CWU Joint National Agreements, which is putting increasing pressure on your CWU Representatives and you the members. It has become evident Managers are being directed to seek advice from HR Legal Advisors when dealing with the Attendance, Grievance, Conduct Code and Bullying and Harassment Procedures. Where pre-privatisation your Union Rep would represent you in front of your Manager and your Managerwould conduct the meetings making their own decisions on the circumstances set out before them. They are nowdirected to consult and adhere to the advice given by these advisors who offer advice purely from a legal point of view. This results in more issues of reviews in the Attendance Procedure and further than normal escalations of the Conduct Code and Bullying and Harassment Procedures,which the CWU feel is fundamentally wrong as this takes away the personal relationship between staff and Management which is against the spirit of our agreements.

 

Processing Re-alignment of Duty Structure

The year started with preliminary discussions around resourcing. We were originally approached by the Production Control Manager (PCM) with proposals torecruit twenty to thirty Anguard Casual conversions to new eight-hour Saturday only contracts. The reason being Saturday afternoon was under resourced because a lot ofthe original Saturday only staff were on temporary increases of contracts to either fulltime or mid-week parttime. Which meant we were using casual staff every week.

We were happy to agree on the proviso we would look at the whole processing duty structure in line with the resourcing re-alignment section of the P&FPA, with a view of guaranteeing permanent increases of contracts for all staff who were performing temporary contracts, increase duty work hours on all four shifts, reduce the reliance on casualsand high percentages of overtime, stop diverting work out to other mail centres and secure both the 1c and 2c operationsat Peterborough Mail Centre. 

This is something we had attempted to do several times over the last four years but had failed due to inconsistency of Plant Managers and Royal Mails privatisation with severebudget restrictions. However, the current Plant Manager Su Redshaw was determined to agree with the union a re-alignment of the duty structure which would see all  staff on temporary duties made permanent on the temporary hours they were performing, the introduction of new duties to resource against the Amazon growth and the introduction of the 1st hour towards the shorter working week for full-time staff from the P&FPA and secure our future workplace. The aim was to agree and implement by October 1st, 2018.

We agreed a re-aligned duty set with a minimum amount of disruption to the current working patterns of staff to present to the CWU Processing Shift Reps and Managers to point out people and content issues they identified and aligncurrent staff against the duties, most of whom were alignedagainst the duties they originally picked. The temporary contract staff were re-aligned to their permanent contract duties.

This was displayed to the members and we briefed staff in the Work Time Listening and Learning (WTL&L) sessionsalong with the agreed procedures we would use for the forthcoming pick exercise.

The first two rounds of picks were for processing staff only, whereas rounds three and four were open to staff from other functions under the roof. This resulted in significant increases in contractual hours for 118 people, 78 of which went part-time to fulltime, all staff on temporary increaseof hours contracts were successful in picking permanent duties reflecting their temporary hours, staff being able to change shifts to their preference and staff moving into processing from other functions. Of the 78 who moved up to full time, 35 had previously been on 20-hour contracts and 28 new full-time workers moved straight from eight-hour Saturday-only contracts, while another 27 eight-hour Saturday-only people picked 20-hour contracts.

Although the old processing scheduled attendances (SA)were cancelled when the new re-aligned duty structure came in on October 1st, it was agreed to continuing honouring the hours to the staff who held them until the new SA pick exercise had taken place and implemented. The reason for this was we knew a lot of staff would be able to change their shift and work patterns during the pick exercise and therefore deemed it unfair to do the SA pick at the same time as the duty pick. The new re-aligned SA pick was advertised and allocated during the Christmas pressure weeks and implemented in January 2019. There are several vacant SAs which were not picked. One of the reasons for this is the ceiling on how many SA hours a member of staff can hold in any one week, which is 12 hours, as per The Way Forward Agreement. The CWU are proposing to take a motion to this year’s Postal Conference to address this.

There will be a Post Implementation Review (PIR) of the re-alignment in February 2019 where meetings will be held with the Shift Reps and Managers to discuss how the re-alignment is working towards the Processing workplan with a view to address any issues raised.

Overall the exercise has been a huge success which hasearned the applause of the CWU Postal Executive.

 

 

 

Romec Cleaners Applying for Internally Advertised Mail Centre Duties

During the recent Processing re-alignment exercise jobs became vacant for staff from other functions to pick. Romec cleaners applied which raised issues which needed confirmation from CWU HQ. Confirmation came back stating Romec cleaners can only apply and be allocated a Royal Mail duty if they had previously applied and been successful in passing a Royal Mail aptitude test for an externally advertised Royal Mail job. There was not yet an opportunity for Romec staff to take an aptitude test when applying for an internally advertised job. Because of this some Romec cleaners were unsuccessful with their applications.

The CWU are proposing to take a motion to this year’sPostal Conference to address this.

 

 

Shorter Working Week (SWW)

The first hour was agreed when we Nationally agreed totrials on Automated Hours Data Capture (AHDC), PDA actuals and the Resource Scheduler. The PCM gave his first proposals on where the SWW should be, based on the information produced by the Resourse Scheduler this was put to the CWU Shift Reps and after negotiations andcounter proposals we agreed the first hour reduction to be implemented on October 1st with the realignment in line with the P&FPA. However, because of the reduction some members of staff attendances fell below 7 hours 1 min, which is the threshold of the 40+20-minute meal relief entitlement as outlined in The Way Forward Agreement. Royal Mail were quick to react and reduce those members meal relief entitlement by 10 minutes as per the agreement.

The CWU are proposing to take a motion to this year’sPostal Conference to address this. This is a challenge we will face again this year as the second hour reduction to the SWW is due to commence in October 2019.

 

Conduct and Attendance Procedure

In terms of conduct code cases we have had a number to deal with and had varied success. We live in testing times and Royal Mail seem evermore determined to handle cases with qualified Legal HR Advisers and most cases are raised to Second Line Managers, which is a dismissal level. On a plus side we only had one person dismissed under the attendance procedure and this was overturned on appeal.

 

Christmas 2018

The Christmas 2018 Agreement was a bone of contention as Royal Mail Top Management wanted to enforce a maximumlimit of 70 hours work per week with an 11 hour daily rest period and a 24 hour weekly rest period  for all four weeks of Christmas pressure in line with the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) totally undermining the last Nationally agreed resourcing for Christmas pressure found in Special Briefing 351/2001 which states:

 

1. Christmas 2001

We agreed that the hours limit would be 80-gross-hours for each of the two peak Christmas weeks, with a 9-hour break in each 24-hour period and no requirement for a weekly break. For the remaining two weeks, the limit will be 72-gross-hours with the daily break flowing through from the year-round position (10-hours if introduced by then, 9-hours if not). Again, with no mandatory requirement for a weekly 24-hour break.

 

As this was the last Nationally agreed statement on Christmas, we quickly entered the Industrial Relations Framework completing stages 1 & 2 locally before raising to stage 3. However, before the stage 3 could be heard,Royal Mail Top Management conceded and allowed the status quo to continue for this year as the disagreement was very near to the start of Christmas pressure and the CWU had threatened not to agree planned diversions in or out of the Mail Centre until we had a jointly signed Christmasagreement.

The CWU are proposing to take a motion to this year’sPostal Conference to address this in time for next year.

 

2018 Christmas Raffle

This year’s raffle for the long-term sick was another success raising £961.70. There were 37 prizes donated for the raffle by Union Reps, Managers and Members of Staff. I would like to say a big thank you to all the Reps who helped organise the event and sell raffle tickets and a big thank you to all the people who supported the raffle by buying tickets.

 

Parcel Sort Machine

At the beginning of 2018 we were told Peterborough Mail Centre (PMC) had been taken of the list of mail centres who were to have a parcel sort machine (PSM) installed.However, there were two machines which had not been allocated and PMC had been shortlisted along with Glasgow, Newcastle and Sheffield, as a possible centre to have one installed. In September, the eve before the first pick of the Processing duty re-alignment closed, we were informed PMC had been successful with our application for one of the remaining two machines. Installation will start in May 2019 with a view of an up and running date for October 2019. Joint Negotiations will commence shortly around staffing assumptions and the effect the machine will have on PMC.

Further updates will be reported as they become availablethroughout this year.

 

Nationally Agreed Trials

PMC will be a trial site for a re-usable bag tie and AGV’s which is essentially an automated (driverless) TUG consisting of four carts and multiple pick up and drop off points for York’s. Engineers have started to prepare for the trial by installing extra power lines in the Processing hall.

Further updates will be reported as they become availablethroughout this year.

 

 

 

Proposed Motions for CWU Postal Conference 2019

 

1) Since the introduction of the Shorter Working Week (SWW) agreed in the Nationally Agreed Pay and Four Pillars Agreement some duty days have been reduced to a less than 7 hours 1-minute attendance. Royal Mail have been quick to react to these changes by enforcing the entitled meal relief from The Way Forward Agreement. 

Therefore, a member who used to work a 8-hour attendance used to qualify for 1-hour break (40+20) whereas now a member working a 7-hour attendance qualifies for a 50-minute break (30+20) in effect reducing the SWW by 10 mins.

The Postal Executive is instructed to negotiate in any future pay deals a new meal relief structure which will not disadvantage our members when the length of attendance times is shortened by the introduction of the shorter working week.

 

2) Christmas pressure 2018 saw Royal Mail attempt to enforce the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) of a maximum weekly working limit of 70hours, an 11-hour daily rest break and 24-hour weekly break or 48-hours in two weeks. The last time a joint Nationally agreed document on Christmas was Special Briefing 351/2001 which states.

1. Christmas 2001

We agreed that the hours limit would be 80-gross-hours for each of the two peak Christmas weeks, with a 9-hour break in each 24-hour period and no requirement for a weekly break. For the remaining two weeks, the limit will be 72-gross-hours with the daily break flowing through from the year-round position (10-hours if introduced by then, 9-hours if not). Again, with no mandatory requirement for a weekly 24-hour break.

The Postal Executive is instructed to negotiate with Royal Mail in preparation for Christmas 2019 a new jointly agreed working time directive for the Christmas pressure weeks which will include, the hours limit would be 80-gross-hours for each of the two peak Christmas weeks, with an 11-hour daily rest break and no requirement for a weekly break. For the remaining two weeks, the limit will be 72-gross-hours with an 11-hour daily rest break and no requirement for a weekly break. 

This will be agreed and published in time for local negotiations for Christmas and New Year 2019

 

3) There is not an opportunity for Romec cleaners to apply for Royal Mail internally advertised Mail Centre duties unless the applicant has applied for an external Royal Mail position and been successful in passing an aptitude test.

The Postal Executive is instructed to negotiate with Royal Mail and Romec the opportunity for Romec staff to take an aptitude test when applying for internally advertised Royal Mail duties.

 

4) The Way Forward reads Scheduled Attendances will be limited to no more than 12 hours per employee in any week.

Scheduled Attendances can be introduced on a seasonal basis and therefore are sometimes difficult to resource against whilst a limit is in place. 

The Postal Executive is instructed to negotiate with Royal Mail the removal of a limit to how many Scheduled Attendance hours an employee can hold in any week providing they adhere to the European Working Time Directive.

 

EJ Orviss

Area Processing Representative

Area.processing@cwue5.org

 

Date 7th February 2019

RETIRED MEMBERS REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE MEETING 19TH FEBRUARY 2019

RETIRED MEMBERS REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE MEETING

19TH FEBRUARY 2019

 

TV LICENSES FOR THE OVER 75’s

 

This is now gaining momentum, and is being featured more and more by the media with questions also being asked in parliament. Hopefully the letter designed by the NPC will be successfully circulated by all pensioners to their MPs, and that many pensioners would have participated in the on line BBC questionnaire on the issue.

Dick Hewlett and myself we be attending the NPC organised rally in London on the 7th of March.

 

LTB 078/19 REVISED  BRANCH MODEL CONSTITUTION

 

Paragraph 4.4 Branch Organisation item 6 which refers to Retired Members with their position and roles within the Branch appears to be settled albeit a little ambiguous with reference to electing ‘other branch officers’ in item 3 of the paragraph. However, this should allow us (RMs) the opportunity to move forward.

 

SANTANDER BRANCH CLOSURE : POST OFFICE CONNECTION

 

An aural report will be given, and will serve as an, forinformation only contribution which may be beneficial toward pensioners.

 

LOCAL AUTHORITY BUDGETS 2019/20

 

It would be a worthwhile exercise to asses, when it happens, what the local authority budgets for councils within our Branch boundaries will have on pensioners. The main issues being care in the community and potential reductions in bus services. Should there be any significant reductions in either, then the Branch with the support of all likeminded organisations be prepared to rally and protest against any proposed cuts.

 

RETIRED MEMBERS VOICE SUPPLEMENTARY

 

I have requested additional copies of the RMs supplementary for the Branch which can be circulated within the Branch for information purposes to all the membership. CWU HQs are looking into the request.

 

 

 

 

CWU Update – New Delivery Methods

CWU Update – New Delivery Methods

Dear Colleagues,

Further to LTB 381/18 published on 2nd July 2018 which detailed the National Terms of Reference agreed between Royal Mail & CWU in relation to the trials of Delivery Methods within 8 Delivery Offices as part of the National Guiding Principles Agreement.

Since the publication of the above LTB, Branches and Representatives will be aware of updates that have been given across a number of platforms including CWU National Briefings, articles in the Voice, visits to the 8 Delivery Offices and also in the Department’s E-Bulletin publication. The purpose of this LTB is to update Branches and Representatives further on the current position and developments that have taken place within the trial activity.

Within the Terms of Reference it was agreed that a National Review would take place in October 2018. This activity took place over 2 days, where all the information was shared, including reports from those specialising in Safety, Health and Environment, Ergonomics, Security, Quality and Customer and Industrial Engineering and also and importantly, feedback from CWU Representatives and members directly involved with the trial.

As part of the review it was agreed by both parties that there was a requirement that certain aspects needed to be investigated further involving volunteers from a subset of the original 8 trial offices. This activity has been taking place between October 2018 and January 2019.

This additional trial activity has generated further data, which will need to be jointly worked through and reviewed in line with all of the key metrics and success criteria contained within the original Terms of Reference. The joint aim is to conclude the above review within the next few weeks and provide a joint formal report on the outputs of the trial in March 2019.

Following the above, the final joint report will form the basis of the discussions linked to Section 19.3 of the 2018 Guiding Principles Agreement.

Parallel discussions have taken place on elements of the trial specific to the Processing function and the potential adjustments to work plan in relation to the quality of mails presentation, based on the outputs of the Delivery Methods trials. Further discussions will take place on these elements in line with Section 19.1 of the Guiding Principles Agreement.

Further developments once the above has been completed will be reported in due course. In the meantime, any enquiries should be addressed to the relevant Department:

Outdoor Department, reference 555, email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org.

Or

Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: dwyatt@cwu.org or shayman@cwu.org quoting reference number: 054.01.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Baulch – CWU Assistant Secretary 

Davie Robertson – CWU Assistant Secretary

LTB 116.19 – CWU Update – New Delivery Methods


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