30th April 2021
For the Immediate Attention of All:
Area Distribution Representatives
AGREEMENT BETWEEN ROYAL MAIL LOGISTICS AND THE CWU ON RESOURCING GUIDELINES FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE NETWORK REVISION 2021
Branches will recall that LTB 56/21 launched the National Network Review activity defined in the Pathway to Change agreement. The Committee will be aware that while the data gathering exercise took place as scheduled the process identified significant differences between the outputs and the existing Road Service List (RSL) in the region of 30k hours Nationally.
As a result, the business decided to rebuild the RSL from scratch rather than attempt to update the existing version. The delay was communicated to the field in LTB 115/21.
This process has now been completed and the “First Cut” Paragon outputs for the Network Review were shared with the department on Friday, 16th April. Following that initial meeting the formal Stage 2 of the agreed process involving the joint review of the outputs by the National Network Working Group has now been concluded.
Building on the experience of previous years, the attached agreed Resourcing Guidelines should assist representatives and Branches in progressing local discussions on Stage 3 of the Network 21 proposals. The guidelines cover a range of resourcing options and again provide clarity on an agreed position on a number of recurring issues such as Leave Reserve ratios, coverage of ad-hoc workload through Flex duties, the use of “as directed” time in duty construction and the movement of work elements between VOC’s in area solutions.
Branches will note that for this review it has been confirmed that a new VOC will be created at Atherstone. A temporary VOC has been in operation at the site for some time.
In addition, some changes to the non-driving fixed timings have been agreed. These were derived through a joint industrial engineering study which was concluded in anticipation of the proposed Network Review in 2019 which did not take place due to the dispute over the business’ change of stance in relation to the application of the SWW in that review.
The revised times which increase vehicle check times for C+E vehicles are included at Annexe A of the attached agreement.
The document also recognises the changing customer profiles and the advent of Sunday Parcel Deliveries in promoting inventive duty patterns.
The Stage 3 local discussions will now commence on Tuesday, 4th May 2021 and release has been arranged for representatives to fully prepare and participate in the process. As in previous years the NWG will be available to advise and assist Branches and representatives in dealing with proposals where required. Given the complexity of the discussions in this revision, duty construction should be targeted to conclude by late June 2021 and progress will be monitored continuously by the NWG and a final National implementation date will be agreed and communicated to Branches and representatives.
The department would like to take this opportunity to place on record our thanks to the members of the NWG for their ongoing assistance on the Network 21 discussions.
Branches are requested to bring the contents of this LTB to the attention of all our Professional Driver members as a matter of urgency.
Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to
Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference 233.15.