Dear Colleagues, 

Branches will recall that the department have been dealing with a National Point of Principle in relation to application of the MTSF in the SPDO closure and relocation process.

This dates back to late 2017 and at the time we wrote to all the affected Branches requesting information and travel times etc.

Having collated this information we presented a claim to Royal Mail in mid-2018, for some of our members who we believe had been denied the £800 travelling time money, and the £150 relocation money.

We then went into a series of protracted negotiation/discussions with Royal Mail who took the opportunity to attempt to rewrite parts of the MTSF Agreement which has been in place for the best part of twenty years.

We finally reached an agreement with Royal Mail with the attached Joint Statement. This was put to the Postal Executive at its meeting in July which we are now communicating via this LTB.

We will now embark on an exercise to verify the data collected previously and look to process payment for those individual members originally affected.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those Branches who participated in the original data gathering exercise.

Any queries to the content of the above please contact the PTCS Department, reference 020, email address:

Yours sincerely,


Ray Ellis

CWU Assistant Secretary

LTB 526.19 – MTSF – SPDOs

Joint Statement on Excess Travel Expenses and the SPDO Rationalisation Programme


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