Royal Mail Group Re-Organisation and Job Cuts – Safety, Health and Environment Team New Structure From 1 April 2021:
Branches will recall that at the end of June 2020, the Royal Mail interim Chairman Keith Williams and interim CEO Stuart Simpson announced a cost-cutting plan involving cutting 2,000 management jobs by March 2021, making savings of £130 million. The company’s front line postal workers would not be affected by the cuts.
The sweeping changes in effect resulted in a 50% cut in senior directors and high level managers with a 25% cut in lower managerial grades. The Health, Safety & Environment Department wrote to the interim CEO expressing concerns regarding the impact on health and safety management in Royal Mail Group as successive re-organisations and management downsizing exercises had seen the RMG Safety, Health and Environment Team shrink from circa 150 in 2012 to 75 by 2020 (see copy of letter attached). Nevertheless, the SHE team has taken a further hit with regard to job cuts and after a significant wait, we have now received details of the new SHE Team Structure with its reduced resources (see attached).
The obvious and significant changes are that the dedicated Parcelforce and Logistics/ Distribution Heads of Safety and their teams are removed. The number of SHE Advisors are reduced and the size of their constituency areas (geography) are significantly increased plus each SHE Advisor will cover all units, from all parts of the organisation that fall within their patch e.g., Royal Mail, Parcelforce, RMSS, Logistics/Distribution RDCs, VOCs, International etc.
A SHE Business Partner in the South will also cover National Level Logistics/Distribution and International. A SHE Business Partner in the North will cover RDCs and Parcelforce.
A number of the existing RMG SHE Team will either be leaving the business or changing their job roles towards the end of this month.
Details of the new SHE Team Structure are attached. This covers all the health and safety contacts within the RMG Compliance and Sustainability Team with the exception of the RMG Security Team which also falls under Shaun Davis RMG Global Director Compliance and Sustainability.
- RMG SHE Team Structure 2021
- Letter to interim RMG CEO dated 04.08.2020
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer