Resourcing Across Royal Mail
It is unbelievable after everything that people working for Royal Mail during one of the most testing times in our history hear that the field managerial structure are out there claiming they are reporting a National message that notice will be given on all fixed term contracts and Scheduled Attendance.
It beggars belief after all the problems you have had at local level recruiting and retaining urgently needed staff and struggling with our Quality of Service in some areas (much maligned in the national press) that such an approach should be taking place at all times, the day before Christmas Eve.
To be absolutely clear none of this has been agreed at National level and we have received no written proposal on the approach therefore we consider this Executive Action which breaches many of our national agreements.
We will be making representation at national level to resolve this and change the managerial position but in the meantime any local approaches to cease fixed term contracts (other than extra Christmas resource which is agreed locally as no longer required) or to give notice on agreed Scheduled Attendance as part of normal agreed duty structures and earnings packages, should be the subject of an immediate disagreement in line with the IR Framework.
This is a brief message due to the alleged threat of people being given notice today and we will of course give further information from our national intervention as and when we have it.
I apologise again for having to report this to you, it is an incredibly insensitive and strategically naïve piece of management, totally at odds with the trust culture we have been trying to build and the many other initiatives we have been jointly deploying to empower decision making locally and not nationally driven diktat.
On behalf of the Union we thank our representatives and members for everything you have done, you deserve much better than this and we will make the strongest possible representation to ensure you do.
The Postal Executive and all senior field officials have been fully briefed earlier today so please contact your Area, Divisional and Branch Representatives for assistance in line with the IR Framework if you encounter an aggressive managerial activity in this regard.
Any enquiries in relation to the content of this LTB should be addressed to the DGS(P) Department.
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)