AGREEMENT BETWEEN CWU & PARCELFORCE WORLDWIDE ON 2020 AUTUMN PRESSURE AND CHRISTMAS REMUNERATION PROPOSALS FOR ALL CWU GRADE DEPOT EMPLOYEES

AGREEMENT BETWEEN CWU & PARCELFORCE WORLDWIDE ON 2020 AUTUMN PRESSURE AND CHRISTMAS REMUNERATION PROPOSALS FOR ALL CWU GRADE DEPOT EMPLOYEES

Branches and representatives will be aware that in previous years, agreement has been reached with Parcelforce Worldwide in relation to incentive arrangements for volunteers to attend on the Saturdays and Sundays in Depots in the run up to Christmas.

In line with this tradition discussions have been taking place with the business in regard to the arrangements for 2020. Attached for your information is the Agreement between CWU & Parcelforce Worldwide on 2020 Autumn Pressure and Christmas Remuneration Proposals for all CWU Grade Depot Employees, which has been endorsed by the Postal Executive.

As in Royal Mail, with the continuing impact of Covid-19 on customer habits and operational arrangements Parcelforce are anticipating record volumes and demand over the peak period. Given this, to provide proper incentive and reward for our members and in recognition of their commitment throughout the Covid-19 period and the size of the challenge, we have argued for and achieved a significant uplift in the available incentives for this year.

As in previous years the agreement defines incentive arrangements for volunteers to attend on the Saturdays and Sundays over the four weekends in the run up to Christmas. However, in light of the current traffic forecasts for this year, we have agreed that there will be three levels of incentive.

A Standard Commitment to two attendances (minimum six hours) mirroring previous years arrangements, attracting a single payment of £38, the same amount as last year.

An Enhanced Commitment to three attendances (minimum six hours) attracting a single payment of £60. Both these incentives will be available to employees volunteering to cover C&D, Indoor and Admin duties.

In addition, there will be a Further Enhanced Commitment to perform C&D on three attendances (minimum eight hours) attracting a single payment of £100.

This opportunity will be available to all employees willing to drive and who have the necessary skills and training. The business has agreed to provide familiarization training for any individual wishing to volunteer.

Only one payment can be received by any individual based on the level of commitment given. However in all cases where the commitment is made and the hours are performed, each hour will also attract an hourly rate of £21.50, which is equivalent to double the normal rate.

In respect to the Seasonal Traffic Recirculation, colleagues will note that the additional payment for drivers who agree to follow the work also remains at £38, the same as last year.

Unlike Royal Mail, Parcelforce have decided not to run an operation on either the 26th or 27th of December. They have therefore agreed that duty holders due to attend on those days will not be required to do so and will not have to make up the time. 

In Scotland Parcelforce are not seeking to move the non-service day to Saturday, 2nd January and as such Monday, 4th January remains the Bank Holiday and normal BH arrangements will apply. 

Obviously, given the significant increases in remuneration this year, the business is very keen to stress that this agreement does not necessarily set the benchmark for future years and as such we have agreed that the arrangements will be subject to joint review.

The department believes that the agreement will undoubtedly be welcomed by our Parcelforce Representatives and members.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: dwyatt@cwu.org quoting reference: 106A.11.

Yours sincerely

Davie Robertson

Assistant Secretary

LTB 531/20

Attachment 1 – Agreement on PFW Autumn Pressure and Christmas Remuneration 09.11.20

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