Joint Statement between Royal Mail Revenue Protection and the CWU on the Guidelines for the Implementation of Pathway to Change Revision Activity and the Deployment of the Shorter Working Week for Revenue Protection Operational Grades
Branches will be aware that discussions in relation to a number of the smaller business units within RMG have been prolonged and that has been the case for Revenue Protection. With regard to the Revenue Protection function the discussions have been split. Operational change has been dealt with by the department while the Admin elements are being progressed by Andy Furey’s department.
When discussions commenced it was clear that the business had a very defined proposal to realign resource against workload. In effect the business believes that over a period of time the changing traffic and arrival profiles have meant that many items enter the Network too late to be checked within the current duty profile, which has increased the revenue risk and created stranded hours within the duty structures.
They therefore proposed a significant movement of hours, reducing coverage in the 12.00 to 16.00 window and increasing coverage later into the evening. While the department believes that there is substance in the proposal, clearly there was the potential for significant change for some RP members.
Given this and the fact that RP is a very specialised area, the department made a decision to consult and seek the views of our representatives in RP and a session was convened on Wednesday, 21st April where the business presented their proposal and our representatives had the opportunity to question and challenge the business on the detail. In fairness it became clear that our representatives had a very clear understanding of the challenges facing the RP operation and while raising some issues they wish to be addressed, largely recognised the need to rebalance the operation.
The Slide Presentation used by the business at this session has been received and will be circulated to Representatives under separate cover.
Following that forum, the department entered discussions with the business which concluded with the attached Joint Statement on the revision activity and the deployment of the SWW.
Branches will note that:
Reviews will be undertaken based on a tabletop approach, conducted locally in line with current resourcing agreements. The overarching principle will be to increase the level of PPI checks, improve efficiency by achieving better alignment of resource to workload and reduce reliance on external resource.
Reviews may consider the introduction of inventive duty patterns where these support the above overarching principle.
The review will be conducted based on current actual data and on standard working methods and equipment type in line with National agreements. Where Covid-19 mitigation/social distancing arrangements are in place they will be factored into agreed outputs for as long as they remain required.
The review will aim to minimise the disruption to employees and will fully consider local and individual circumstances and earning packages. Agreed change will be deployed in line with the IR Framework and relevant National agreements, including MTSF.
It has been agreed that progress will be jointly monitored at National level and the department are available to assist and support RP units through the change.
Engagement on revision activity should commence from Tuesday, 4th May 2021 and release has been agreed to ensure that Representatives can participate fully in the activity. Deployment of the revision activity will be coordinated for our members in Admin and Operations in each RP unit and as such both activities are targeting Monday, 28th June 2021 to coincide with the Processing Realignment activity. Deployment of revised arrangements will trigger the 2nd Hour reduction in working time (SWW).
Branches are asked to ensure that the contents of the LTB are brought to the attention of our members in Revenue Protection Units.
Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: firstname.lastname@example.org reference 702.02.