Branches and representatives are informed that the department has been made aware of documentation that has emanated from Cardiff Mail Centre that relates to a managerial proposal regarding Resource Realignment activity.

The contents of the documentation have raised concern as they could be construed as suggesting that an aspirational efficiency saving had been agreed for the coming year, or that realignment activity should seek to achieve predetermined outcomes based on what the business see as budgetary challenges.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Four Pillars agreement and the subsequently agreed Realignment and Resourcing documents establish that resourcing activity should be based on the effective alignment of resource to workload and not on budget or business plan savings.

In addition, reference is made in the documentation to throughput figures, WIPGH, productivity and recruitment practices. Again Branches and representatives will be aware that these issues are the subject of specific commitments in the Four Pillars agreement and discussions are currently taking place at National level.

For information the department has raised the issues associated with the documentation with the business at National level and are awaiting a response.

For clarity however the agreed principles and processes associated to Resource Realignment activity within Mail Centres, RDC’s and WBC’s continue to hold the field (LTB’s 374/18 and 720/18 refer). Colleagues will be aware that for ease of reference the department has also circulated Resourcing Booklets to all Branches, Divisional and Processing/RDC/WBC Representatives which include all of the relevant agreements associated to Resourcing and Realignment activity.

The CWU remain fully committed to the Four Pillars agreement and as such colleagues are requested to utilise these agreed resources to ensure that any realignment activity adheres fully to the Nationally agreed principles and processes.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: or quoting reference number: 733.02

Yours sincerely


Davie Robertson

Assistant Secretary


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