National Agreement between Royal Mail and the CWU Covering the Review of Letters Machines

No: 227/21


For the Immediate Attention of All:


Postal Branches

Divisional Representatives

Area Processing Representatives

Area Distribution Representatives

Area Delivery Representatives

Territorial Engineering Representatives

Dear Colleagues


NATIONAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN ROYAL MAIL AND THE CWU COVERING THE REVIEW OF LETTERS MACHINES


Branches and representatives are informed that for some considerable time the departments have been involved in discussions with Royal Mail in an attempt to conclude a clearly defined agreed process for machine moves.


During the Pathway to Change discussions it was agreed that a joint review would be undertaken in relation to the utilisation of Letters Machines, including CSS, iLSM, IMP and CFC machines in line with Section 14 Strategic Review of the Operational Pipeline.


The intention of the activity is to review the letter machine capacity based on the continuing underlying decline in addressed letter volumes and the introduction of the DtS product, discounting the immediate extreme impact of COVID-19. Both parties recognise the importance of optimising the letter machine estate to improve the efficiency of the letter operation and ensure sufficient capacity remains to process and deliver all letter products in line with current service level and quality standards, ensuring reductions in automation do not set operational parameters which exacerbate letter decline.