Royal Mail – ‘Dog Attack Compensation Scheme’ and Claim Form:

Royal Mail – ‘Dog Attack Compensation Scheme’ and Claim Form:

As we approach the annual, national RMG/CWU ‘Dog Awareness Week and further to LTB 498/18, it has again come to our attention in the Health, Safety & Environment Department that many Branch Reps and members who are injured in dog attacks and are subsequently off work sick are not aware of, and do not make applications under the Royal Mail Dog Attack Compensation Scheme.

If injured and off work sick as a result of a dog attack, benefits are available to members under the Royal Mail ‘Dog Attack Compensation Scheme’. The scheme pays compensation amounting to the difference between full rate sick pay and an individual’s average weekly earnings over the previous 13 weeks prior to the dog attack incident.

This is paid out regardless of any personal injury litigation compensation which may be recovered by the Union solicitors acting for the member.

A Royal Mail – ‘Dog Attack Compensation Scheme’ claim form is attached which branches can print off and keep available in the branch office for members when needed.

The form can also be located on PSP. If a manager requires a copy of the form they can type in ‘Dog Attack Compensation’ and the form will appear under the searches.

Royal Mail ‘Dog Attack Compensation Scheme’ Conditions are:

  • 1 week minimum sick absence must be incurred in order to qualify to submit a claim.
  • A maximum of 13 weeks average earnings will be paid out whilst an individual is off work sick following an attack.
  • Christmas and summer pressure periods and annual leave periods will be excluded from the average earnings calculation.


  • Report all dog attacks to management.
  • Following dog attack injuries, suspend deliveries.
  • Report all dog attacks to the Security Helpdesk 020 7239 6655 or email:
  • Record details of every dog attack on the ‘USO SharePoint site’.
  • Record all dog attack injuries on ‘ERICA’.
  • Report all dog attacks to the Police and get a ‘Crime Number’.
  • Report all dog attacks to the Local Authority Dog Warden or officer responsible for Dog Nuisance and Anti-Social Behaviour issues.
  • Update WRAP and Walk Log.
  • If the member is injured, complete a CWU LS3 Form and submit it to the Union’s Legal Services Department who will instruct the Union’s lawyers.
  • Make an application under the Royal Mail Dog Attack Compensation Scheme (application form attached).

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

LTB 271/21 – Royal Mail – ‘Dog Attack Compensation Scheme’ and Claim Form


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HWDC – Mobile Walk In Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic Offering First and Second Doses to All Adults Over 18 – Thursday 1st July (8am-5pm) & Saturday 3rd July 2pm-10pm)

HWDC – Mobile Walk In Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic Offering First and Second Doses to All Adults Over 18 – Thursday 1st July (8am-5pm) & Saturday 3rd July 2pm-10pm):

Following discussions involving Royal Mail and Slough Borough Council/NHS, Slough Council have agreed to bring their mobile Vaccination Bus to HWDC and the local authority will visit HWDC as follows:

  • Thursday 1st July 8am -5pm
  • Saturday 3rd July 2pm -10pm

The Vaccination Bus will administer the ‘Pfizer Vaccine’.

These times and days have been agreed locally with the council in order to provide the best opportunity to capture as many Royal Mail International workers as possible, at a convenient time and location, who wish to take up the opportunity to get vaccinated.

The clinicians have agreed to provide either the first or second dose.

The 2pm – 10pm late finish session on Saturday 3 July will provide the opportunity for night shift workers to get vaccinated.

The attached poster will be displayed in HWDC and next week’s Vaccination Bus visit will be communicated to the workforce.


The walk-in Vaccination Bus will offer first and second doses to all adults over 18. No appointments are necessary. This opportunity is on offer to all members over 18 years of age working at HWDC, Royal Mail International, Langley. Dates are THURSDAY 1ST JULY 8AM-5PM and SATURDAY 3RD JULY 2PM-10PM. Members should eat and drink water before the vaccination. Those wanting their second dose need to have a vaccine from the same manufacturer as the first, unless told otherwise. There should be a minimum of 8 weeks in between doses.

Management enquiries only to Carole Pearce Royal Mail Group Senior Operations Solutions Manager:- Tel:  07860847584 Email:

Would all HWDC Reps please ensure this is widely communicated to all members at HWDC, encouraging maximum take up.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

LTB 270/21 – HWDC – Mobile Walk In Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic Offering First and Second Doses to All Adults Over 18

Royal Mail International NHS Vaccination poster

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COVID-19 Daily Close-Contact Testing Study Using Lateral Flow Rapid Home Testing Kits – New NHS Study To Offer Daily Rapid/Serial Testing To Close Contacts Of Positive COVID-19 Cases:

COVID-19 Daily Close-Contact Testing Study Using Lateral Flow Rapid Home Testing Kits – New NHS Study To Offer Daily Rapid/Serial Testing To Close Contacts Of Positive COVID-19 Cases:

Under current Government rules, anyone who has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace after coming into contact with a Covid-19 positive case must self-isolate at home for a 10-day period, regardless of whether they themselves are showing symptoms of the virus. Those rules remain in place unchanged.

A new study is being led by Public Health England and NHS England ‘Test and Trace’ to help increase understanding of how effective daily home testing could be for people who are close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases.

This new study works as follows; People identified as being a close contact* of a person with COVID-19 and who do not have symptoms may be contacted by NHS England Test & Trace by phone asking them to voluntarily take part in the study and if they agree, they will be sent seven days’ worth of lateral flow tests (LFTs), and two Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests. The participating contacts are required to test themselves each morning for seven days with the simple testing process. Participating people who test negative and develop no symptoms will be exempt from the legal requirement to self-isolate that day and each subsequent day they test negative and can therefore leave their home to carry out essential activities including going to work. In Royal Mail Group Units (Royal Mail, Parcelforce etc.) this could mean that a small number of members may be ‘randomly’ invited to voluntarily participate in the study and continue to attend work whilst others will be required by law to self-isolate, following close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive case.

Government medical and scientific experts have been clear in their advice that this virus isn’t going to disappear. Protecting the Royal Mail Group workforce has been, and remains, the number one priority for Royal Mail Group, the CWU and Unite, throughout this pandemic. This new study could offer a viable alternative to self-isolation for people who are contacts of positive COVID-19 cases, and one that would allow people to carry on going to work and living their lives, while still ensuring that chains of transmission are stopped.

It’s important that everyone continues to follow the ‘Hands – Face – Space – Fresh air’ Government expert guidance, e.g., washing and sanitising hands regularly, wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing, use of ventilation and ensuring high levels of cleaning in the workplace, vehicles and shared equipment.

Everyone is encouraged to get regularly tested, as around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms. Testing is free and results are available in around 30 minutes with the rapid LFD test kits. Everyone in Royal Mail Group (Royal Mail, Parcelforce, Engineering, Fleet, RMP&FS, RMSS, RMCE etc.) can participate in the RMG/CWU agreed workforce testing scheme through which members can collect free, rapid, LFD test kits from their workplace in order to take them home and perform twice-weekly tests in the privacy of their own home. To collect a test kit pack please speak to your line manager or your CWU Rep and if you have any queries post a comment via the Workplace LFD group or email:

(*This applies to those living in England, over 18, not in full-time education and not under the quarantine rules for arriving in England).

More information on this study can be found here:

(It has been agreed that both RMG and CWU will be issuing similar communications on this matter – as above).

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

LTB 269/21 – New NHS Study To Offer Daily Rapid Serial Testing To Close Contacts Of Positive COVID-19 Cases

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Grab a Jab’ – Covid-19 Vaccine Drop-In Centres Open Across England Under Newly Launched Government Initiative For All Over-18’s:

Grab a Jab’ – Covid-19 Vaccine Drop-In Centres Open Across England Under Newly Launched Government Initiative For All Over-18’s:

Hundreds of drop-in sites opened over the weekend, with details of the scheme and vaccine drop-in clinics locations posted on the NHS/Gov.UK website.

The new Government/NHS initiative has been launched in a bid to boost the number of people getting jabbed. The ‘Grab a Jab’ campaign means that all adults in England are now able to get a Covid-19 vaccination without an appointment at hundreds of walk-in sites set up for the first time across the country over the weekend, amid rising Covid-19 Delta variant cases.

Those aged 18 and over can turn up at the NHS drop-in sites in the ‘Grab a Jab’ campaign, which include football stadiums, theatres, supermarket car parks and shopping centres. Among the sports grounds involved in the initiative are the Newcastle Eagles basketball arena, Watford FC’s Vicarage Road ground, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, the Spurs football ground and Edgbaston cricket ground.

The vaccine hubs are open to people having their first dose but can also provide second jabs for the over-40s who had their first at least eight weeks ago, or at least 12 weeks ago for the under-40s.

The vaccination clinic sites are being publicised locally via the media, or people can find their nearest site on-line so they can choose the location most convenient for them. Details of all the walk-in clinic locations are available on the NHS website where you simply type in

your postcode at this NHS link: –

In addition to mass vaccination centres, there are mobile vaccination centres on special buses offering jabs in Dudley, Colchester, Ipswich and several other towns.

The latest Government figures show that circa 44 million people – 84% of the adult population have received a first dose of a Coronavirus jab and 32 million (or 3 in 5 people) have had two doses. A total of 63 million jabs have been delivered by the NHS (England). The UK is said to be well on the way to the whole country getting the fullest possible protection.

The Government aims to have offered a first dose to all adults by 19 July and to have at least 65% of all adults fully vaccinated by then, the date when the final stage of lockdown easing is scheduled to go ahead, having been postponed from 21 June.

The Government is urging anyone who has yet to take up the offer to head to their nearest walk-in centre to get what could be the life-saving vaccine which is reported to be effective in protecting against the ‘Delta variant’.


Copy of Royal Mail Group Manager’s Update – Message From Dr. Shaun Davis

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

LTB 268/21 – Grab a Jab – Covid-19 Vaccine Drop-In Centres Open Across England Under Newly Launched Government Initiative For All Over-18s

28th June Managers Update Grab a jab

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Expert Research Surveys Published on The Dramatic Increase In The UK Dog Population and Dogs Purchased During The Pandemic – Concluding that Behavioural Perspective Results are ‘Alarming.’

Expert Research Surveys Published on The Dramatic Increase In The UK Dog Population and Dogs Purchased During The Pandemic – Concluding that Behavioural Perspective Results are ‘Alarming.’

Two new research survey reports have been published on the dramatic UK dog population increase and on British dog owners who bought or adopted a dog during the pandemic. Pet wellness experts ‘Itch’ and ‘Burns Pet Nutrition’ have both published research data they commissioned. The Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) have also published their annual dog population data for 2021.

UK Dog Population Dramatic Increase!

The proportion of people buying or adopting dogs has increased dramatically in 2020/21. The Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) has also published their annual data stating that population of dogs in the UK is now estimated at over 12 million in 2020/21. Additionally, at any given time, there are estimated to be over 100,000 stray dogs – and countless cats – without homes in the UK.  With the UK population spending much more time at home during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown and loneliness at a high, lockdown might have seemed like the perfect time to buy or adopt a dog and many people did just that and puppy sales have been at a record all-time high this last year and a half.

The Research Results

The recently published research by pet wellness experts ‘Itch’ confirmed the huge increase in puppy and adopted dog numbers, stressing that the pandemic may have had some major consequences for these dogs, due to the people staying at home and lockdown restrictions meaning that many dogs have not been exercised or socialised in the way that they normally would have been and which is a crucial element of their development.

The worrying indications from this recent research are that over half of these animals have been isolated and not socialised, never having left their home and never having met other humans outside their own households. Over a third of these new dog owners now also regret buying a dog and now want to get rid of them.

Without responsible dog owners and without proper socialisation and training, these dogs can have serious behavioural problems, such as nervous behaviour, bad temperament, aggression and the risk of attacking people and other dogs is very real. There could therefore be major consequences from these dogs that have been isolated and possibly developed aggressive behaviour. This could well lead to risks and problems for CWU members – postal workers making deliveries to homes and companies as well as telecom workers visiting customer premises plus other workers, the public and children could now potentially face an increasing number of aggressive dogs in the hands of irresponsible owners, failing to control them – time will tell.

The ‘Pet Wellness Experts Itch’ Research Survey Discovered The Following:

  • 35% – More than a third of the new dog owners have never taken the dog to the park.
  • 63% – more than three in five never even left their own home.
  • 42% – two out of five pups are yet to be introduced to another dog.
  • 50% – have never met a child.
  • 51% – have never met another human outside of their own household.
  • 71% – of new owners are concerned their dog will have separation-related issues once life returns to normal.
  • 40% – had experienced regret over their decision to purchase a puppy, with many admitting they hadn’t realised the amount of work that goes into raising and caring for a dog.
  • 32% – are considering putting their dog up for adoption post-pandemic as many admit they hadn’t realised the amount of work that goes into raising and caring for a dog.

It’s extremely worrying that 63% of ‘lockdown pups’ haven’t been in an environment other than their own home yet. When it comes to socialisation, the experts warn that owners only have a small window to get it done. The socialisation period needs to be done and dusted by the 16th week or thereabouts. These ‘pandemic’ dogs will therefore need special attention.

Experts warn that the two main behavioural issues ‘lockdown dogs’ will come to experience when this pandemic is over are separation related problems and behaviour issues linked to a lack of socialisation over the first few months of their young lives.

The study expert panel or researchers conclude that from a behavioural perspective, the results of this research are ‘alarming.’

The ‘Burns Pet Nutrition’ Commissioned Research Survey Found:

  • 25% – A quarter of the new dog owners are considering getting rid of their dogs because of behavioural problems and problems controlling them.
  • 33% – A third of people who bought a dog during lockdown fear their dogs will bite a stranger post lockdown as they meet new people for the first time.

Dog Rescue and Re-homing Centres and Animal Charities

The RSPCA along with a large number of dog rescue and re-homing centres and animal charities across the UK are also reporting that the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions across the UK has coincided with a rush of enquiries from people wanting to surrender and get rid of their dogs because they don’t have time for them. The fear is that rescue centres across the UK could soon be at breaking point.

The RSPCA are concerned about the developing situation and are bracing themselves for a major dog welfare crisis this year as they expect to see huge numbers of dogs relinquished to rescue centres, sold online or even abandoned; with struggling charities forced to pick up the pieces. The charity stated that some new owners never thought about post-lockdown and how they’ll care for their new dog when they return to work or how they’ll continue to care for them if their personal circumstances are affected by a recession, money worries or vet bills. Quite a few dogs have been surrendered into rescue because people just can’t afford to pay for them. There are also concerns that many dogs that have got used to having their owners at home or have never experienced being by themselves may struggle to adapt once lockdown measures are eased and people begin to migrate back to work. One of the major reasons dogs are relinquished is due to behaviour problems and research suggests that separation-related anxiety may affect 85% of dogs.


As things are preparing to return to normal and the nation returns to a life without Covid-Secure restrictions, CWU Reps should use the forthcoming RM/CWU Dog Awareness Week 7 – 10 July 2021’ to ensure that the message to members is reinforced that they must stay vigilant at all times and be aware of the dangerous dog risks. They should follow the Safe Systems of Work and the ‘AVOID’ principles at all times, take no risks and avoid any contact and interaction with dogs.  Separate LTBs, website articles, RMTV items, posters, comms and WTLLs are being published on Dog Awareness Week.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

LTB 267/21 – Expert Research Surveys Published on The Dramatic Increase In The UK Dog Population and Dogs Purchased During The Pandemic

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Further to LTB 225/21 dated 2nd June.

An agreement has now been reached confirming the consolidation of £60 from the bonus scheme into base salaries (pro-rata for part-timers) for MDEC members across all three sites. This position has been triggered by the Plymouth revision. The £60, with arrears backdated to 1st April, will be paid with July salaries.

Crucially, members who wish to take a redundancy package in accordance with MTSF, will see the value of their compensation monies improved to fully take account of the bonus consolidation.

The following Joint Statement has been agreed:



 We are pleased to confirm that from Monday 28th June the Plymouth MDEC revision will be implemented following local agreement.

 As per the National Agreement reached in March 2021, the Plymouth MDEC revision will trigger the following across all MDEC sites: –

  •  Consolidate £60 per month from bonus into basic pay and this, together with arrears, will be backdated to 1st April 2021 (pro-rata for part-timers). This will be paid in July salaries.
  • The introduction of the new MDEC bonus scheme bandings from the 2nd August.

 The introduction of the new MDEC bonus scheme will remove the current temporary solution in Plymouth and replace the scheme in Stoke and Farnworth MDECs. The new bonus bandings will then be jointly reviewed after 1, 3 and 5 months.

This pay consolidation will also flow through in the calculation for final payments for all those that have accepted their VR offers across all sites.

 We continue to work closely to resolve the redeployment options for colleagues at all three MDEC sites. Finally, we would like to thank you for your understanding in this matter.

 Any questions can be referred to your line manager or CWU representative or alternatively email

Andy Furey                                                Kevin Thompson

CWU Assistant Secretary                              Head of Pipeline Performance and CI

My thanks go to the Plymouth MDEC Reps who have worked hard to deliver the agreed revision which in turn has enabled the delivery of the national agreement in respect of bonus consolidation. This latest development is in addition to the Shorter Working Week which has already been delivered from 1st May.

Branches and MDEC Representatives are encouraged to bring this development to the attention of the members concerned. 

Any queries in relation to this LTB should be sent to Lea Sheridan

Yours sincerely

Andy Furey

Assistant Secretary

LTB 266/21 – Royal Mail – MDEC Transformation – Pathway to Change Agreement – £60 Bonus Consolidation and Plymouth Revision

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Further to LTB 238/21 dated 11th June.  Branches are advised that following discussions with CE management, we have agreed a way forward with regards to a pilot for extended opening hours across the sites.  It should be noted that participants for the pilot are being sought on a purely voluntary basis.  This position has emanated out of the “Resourcing and Opening Hours” Joint Working Group linked to the Pathway to Change – delivering the Shorter Working Week and the agreed roadmap of changes involving joint consideration of the need to enhance the customer offering.

The following Joint Statement has been agreed:

Dear Colleague,

 Being There review – Extended Opening Hours Pilot: Invitation to Volunteer

As you will have seen from the recent joint statement, there are some important changes being discussed for CE and we want to give you the chance to be part of this from the beginning.  Our refocus plan includes extending our opening hours, so it makes sense to look at our Being There review at the same time.  We promised we would review our shift patterns from the original Being There project to see what has worked well and what can be improved, although a combination of the pandemic and our temporary Home/Office working arrangements has unfortunately delayed this.

 Our Joint Working Group has started to discuss ‘Being There 2’ and we all felt it would be helpful to gather valuable insight from you.

 Although we have stats showing the number of customers who currently try to contact us outside of our current opening times, we know this number will change once we advertise our revised hours and customers become more aware of improved service opportunities.  We would therefore like to run a pilot.  The purpose of the pilot is to:

 Open and advertise new opening hours from 7am-8pmMonday-Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday.

  • Establish the volume on our 4 largest areas – Non-Account Helpline, Account Helpline, Complaints and Redirections.
  • Evidence demand which will feed into the ‘Being There’ review
  • Help us understand customer demand better which will inform what our new operating blueprint should look like.

 We are looking for volunteers who would like to take part and help us gather the data we need.  This would involve working different shift patterns for the duration of the pilot which we aim to start in mid-August and expect this to run until late January.  Following this, those volunteering will be included in the wider ‘Being There’ review with your colleagues and therefore, rest assured that participation in the pilot would not represent a commitment, from you, to any future shift.

 We are currently working on the shifts that will provide coverage for the pilot and these will be ready shortly.  We will also, over the next 2 weeks, be directly talking to all of you that work on the above 4 mentioned campaigns about this opportunity.  In the meantime, if you are skilled to work on any of these 4 campaigns (even if you don’t regularly work in these areas), are interested in helping and are able to cover some of these extended hours (for the period of the pilot), please email within the next 2 weeks.  Similarly, if you have any questions please also email.  For those of you that are Part Time, you may also be able to assist in covering some of these hours and we want to hear from you too.  In addition, please note that Sunday attendance, via scheduled hours, attracts an additional rate of 0.485.

 We believe these proposed changes can be attractive and will provide fresh opportunities for people to enhance their work-life balance through new innovative attendances.  We do of course appreciate that change can be worrying for some; therefore, we wish to reassure you that we are looking to introduce change via agreement and ideally through the use of volunteers.  You are therefore encouraged to seriously consider if these extended opening hours can help you realise better attendance patterns, including potentially fewer attendances per week.  

 With best wishes

Susan Howlett                                                       Andy Furey  

CE Director                                                           CWU Assistant Secretary

Our CE Reps were briefed on the above developments during a meeting on Friday 25th June and they fully supported the outcome above reached via the Resourcing Joint Working Group.  It follows that regular engagement with our Reps and management will be ongoing during the course of this pilot and we will jointly review the results in the New Year.

Yours sincerely

Andy Furey

Assistant Secretary

LTB 265/21 – Royal Mail – Pathway to Change – Customer Experience (CE) – Extended Opening Hours Pilot

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Addendum to the Code of Practice between Royal Mail & CWU on Dress Standards (Revised Uniform Agreement 2018): Covering the New Range of Uniform Allocation

Addendum to the Code of Practice between Royal Mail & CWU on Dress Standards (Revised Uniform Agreement 2018): Covering the New Range of Uniform Allocation

(The New Performance Wardrobe)

Dear Colleagues

Branches may recall that LtB 067, issued on the 22nd of February 2021, set out an agreed Terms of Reference of the trial of the new Uniform Range.  Since then meetings have continued to be held with Royal Mail on the trial and feedback review process.

The new uniform range (which Royal Mail have entitled The Performance Wardrobe) has now been trialled across 11 different job roles within Royal Mail Group and involves some 340 frontline colleagues who agreed to be included and have been selected to ensure both a gender and age profile representative balances. The feedback from the trial has been extremely positive and apart from some very minor garment alterations (such as the re-locating of the pen pocket on trousers/shorts and the removing the black colour blocking), it has now been agreed by the Postal Executive to move forward with the new uniform range.

To reflect this decision, attached here is an Addendum to the Code of Practice between Royal Mail & CWU on Dress Standards (Revised Uniform Agreement 2018): Covering the New Range of Uniform Allocation. The attached Addendum confirms:

  • The new uniform range has been subject to an agreed Terms of Reference trial involving widespread and lengthy frontline engagement and feedback. The new uniform range builds on some of the latest commercial design and fabric developments and more importantly has been built around previous frontline employee feedback gathered over the past few years from workplace Uniform Roadshow visits.
  • That the new uniform range is viewed as a marked improvement to the current core uniform design and style which has remained in place for over 10 years.
  • The new uniform range will result in some changes to the uniform initial allocation and replacement cycle as the new range is based on a large selection of items. However, both parties have agreed to monitor this initial allocation/replacement cycle going forward and updated as necessary.
  • It is jointly recognised that the rollout of the new design is not viewed as an end state and that Royal Mail and CWU are jointly committed to ensuring that all uniform remains fit for purpose and will continue to monitor and review the performance of garments and footwear. It is agreed that Royal Mail will work with the CWU in the development and improvement of all uniform items.
  • The outlined national rollout of the new uniform and the upfront and advanced uniform order timescales.
  • The remaining Code of Practise between Royal Mail & CWU on Dress Standards (Revised Uniform Agreement 2018) remains unchanged as a result of this Addendum.

In setting out the attached Addendum it should be noted that whilst feedback from the trial was positive from day one and from a CWU position there was little question on the final move over to the new range. The trial itself and this decision to move to a new uniform range becoming subject to higher level attention both within Royal Mail and with external media which sadly predated the issuing of this LtB.

As part of the move over to the new range it should also be noted that in order to manage current stock and ongoing reorder levels and avoid large scale wastage of the current uniform design in advance of the switchover to the new range, new starters will be allocated a slightly reduced uniform allocation on the current garments of the ‘Polo Shirts’ (from 5 to 3) and ‘Trousers or Shorts’ (from 3 to 2) until being allocated the new uniform range in full. This slightly reduced level of uniform is based on the current two year replacement cycle as the new uniform range will start to be rolled out from March 2022 and completed by January 2023. However, Royal Mail have confirmed that the normal arrangements on replacing ‘damaged and worn’ items will remain in place and that requests for additional ‘Polo Shirts’ and ‘Trousers or Shorts’ will be met in line with the full 2 year allocation cycle for those individuals at the later stages of the national rollout to the new uniform range.

Finally, in setting out the agreement on the new uniform range it is fully understood that the final switchover will not be completed until January 2023. Whilst clearly it would have been preferable if a short national rollout period could have been achieved, sadly the timelines outlined simply reflect the manufactures capacity and lead-in time to produce the new range and supply the overall number of uniform items needed within Royal Mail. However, the normal re-ordering and replacement cycle arrangements will remain in place for members during the transition period.

As set out above, the conclusion of this trial and the new uniform range is not the end state, but it does nonetheless mark a major and long overdue step change and improvement to the uniform range which will hopefully be valued and welcomed by CWU members.

Any queries to the content of the above please contact Mark Baulch, Outdoor Department, email address:, quoting reference 500, or to Davie Robertson, Processing, Logistics, Parcelforce, International, Quadrant Department, email: quoting reference: 005, or to Carl Maden, PTCS Department, email address:, quoting reference 420.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Baulch  Carl Maden  Davie Robertson

CWU Assistant Secretary              CWU Assistant Secretary (Acting)          CWU Assistant Secretary

LTB 264-21 Addendum to the Code of Practice – on Dress Standards

Final Addendum to the Code of Practice RM_CWU Dress Standards Revised Uniform

Final – Appendix 1 Allocation by Job Role – New Uniform Roll Out 2021

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Following the closure of the ballot on 23rd June for Engineering and Admin Grades Pay 2021, please find below the result.YES VOTES in favour of the pay agreement22695%NO VOTES against the agreement11Spoilt ballot papers3Total ballot papers received24050%Total ballot papers dispatched477

We have spoken with RMPFS and informed them of the result and the arrears of back pay and the benefit of this pay increase is expected to be paid in July salaries. This will be backdated to April 1st 2021.

The next pay date is April 1st 2022.

We will also be arranging to meet with RMPFS on the other aspects of the agreement.

Please ensure that this result is brought to the attention of the RMPFS Engineering, Admin and Generic grade members of your Branch.

All enquiries regarding the content of this LTB should be addressed to the PTCS Department, quoting reference 301 Email address:

Yours Sincerely,

Carl Maden
Assistant Secretary (Elect)

Attachment 1: 21LTB263 – CWU Consultative Ballot – Royal Mail Property Facilities Solutions Pay Agreement 2021

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