POST OFFICE: CROWN VR PROGRAMME – PHASE 2
Further to LTB 351/21 dated 20th August.
As previously indicated we were due to meet with Post Office management to discuss further VRs to be offered under Phase 2. This has transpired and an agreed way forward has been jointly determined.
In keeping with Phase 1 the primary emphasis was to review those Crowns which had seen the highest level of customer decline since the start of the pandemic. Consequently, we have now agreed to a further 24 VR offers from across 19 Crowns. These VR offers will be made from tomorrow and impacts on 8 full-time and 24 part-time members. All VR offers have been made in accordance with MTSF and in strict seniority order. A list of the 19 Crowns is attached.
When combining Phase 1 and 2, this provides in total for 66 VR offers from 38 Crowns. This overall number is important as we have agreed to a maximum of 120 VRs across the Crown Network. Accordingly, it should be noted that we have agreed there will be no further VRs taking place this side of Christmas. We will however continue to jointly review the situation with the aim of identifying where there are opportunities for further VR offers for headcount reduction post-Christmas.
In regards to the above, we are communicating these developments via three Joint Statements agreed as follows:
- Joint Statement 1 is aimed Crowns where NO VR offers are being made at either Phase 1 or 2
- Joint Statement 2 is specifically directed at the original 19 Crowns who formed Phase 1
- Joint Statement 3 impacts solely on the 19 Phase 2 Crowns with VR offers being made tomorrow
All of the above arrangements and details have been shared with our full-time Reps who will now start to make arrangements for the construction of new duties to be introduced simultaneously to the VRs.
Further developments will be reported.