York Container Shortages and Repatriation – Assistance Request:
As all Reps will know, the ‘double-whammy’ impact of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, regional restrictions and high street closures, has resulted in the public turning to the on-line internet market. This trend has been further accelerated during the Christmas peak, resulting in record levels of parcel and packet traffic, the sum total of which cannot be underestimated.
Royal Mail has put a record number – 630,000 Yorks into service, including an extra 70,000 purchased this year, all of which have been soaked up by the operation and the massive increase in parcel/packet traffic.
Royal Mail Container Control have appealed to the Union for assistance, requesting CWU Representatives across the country, at every level, help them in improving and speeding up the repatriation of Yorks to where they are needed in the network operation.
Royal Mail has deployed additional support teams including the setting up of a Tactical Container Control Room to support the movement of Yorks and pipeline leads in each service delivery area are helping co-ordinate the repatriation of York containers from Delivery Offices to Mail Centres and RDCs.
To support this further, would all local Area and Unit Safety Reps plus Delivery and Distribution Reps report any office where there is a build-up of Yorks in the Delivery Offices which are not being cleared and returned to the Mail Centres and RDCs to the Tactical Container Control Room. This information will be of great assistance in ensuring that the empty, static Yorks can be recovered back to where they are needed promptly in order to keep them moving to support the operational upstream and importantly help keep the operational offices safe.
Please share this communication with your Unit Reps.
REPORTS TO THE ROYAL MAIL NATIONAL CONTAINER CONTROL ROOM CAN BE SENT BY TEXT, E-MAIL OR TELEPHONE – PHOTOS CAN BE SENT ALSO TO:
Thanks for your help.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer