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Pathway to Change Agreement – Delivering the Shorter Working Week in Corporate Functions

No. 231/21



Dear Colleagues


ROYAL MAIL: PATHWAY TO CHANGE AGREEMENT – DELIVERING THE SHORTER WORKING WEEK IN CORPORATE FUNCTIONS


Branches are advised that following discussions with Corporate Functions management, we have reached agreement on the implementation of the Shorter Working Week which enables a reduction of one hour for 28 LA grades working in Corporate Functions from Monday 31st May.


The following Joint Statement has been published:


JOINT STATEMENT – PATHWAY TO CHANGE (REDUCTION IN THE WORKING WEEK FOR CORPORATE FUNCTIONS ADMIN GRADES)


Dear Colleague,


Both Royal Mail and the Communications Workers Union acknowledge the superb way in which colleagues across admin teams have responded to the unprecedented challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The uninterrupted delivery of services is a testament to the professionalism and determination of everyone; and both parties wish to put this on record.


Moving forward, both parties recognise the criticality of the Pathways to Change Agreement to the future of Royal Mail Group and all our people. To this end, we are committed to ensuring the smooth implementation of the Shorter Working Week. We have agreed to make the changes necessary to enable a reduction of the working week by one hour for CWU represented colleagues across the following corporate teams:

  • Legal

  • Technology

  • Compliance and Sustainability

  • HR – IR Mediators

All administrative graded employees within the above teams will have their working week reduced by one hour, with the majority having the reduction evenly across five days for all full-time employees e.g. 5 x 12 minutes. We believe that this is both the simplest and most advantageous way of applying the reduction within these individual teams.


It is however important to emphasise that part time employees will benefit from a commensurate increase in their hourly pay rate.


Both parties have agreed to implement the changes on for all the areas listed above on 31 May 2021 and individuals will be engaged on the changes to ways of working in the next few weeks.


Kind regards,


Hannah Padfield Andy Furey

Head of HR CWU Assistant Secretary

Corporate Centre


We are pleased with the positive outcome to these negotiations. We have also recently made progress in respect of delivering the SWW in the various other Admin functions such as HR Strategy & Services although there are also some areas where more work needs to be done. It is hoped we will reach agreement on all Admin functions in the near future and further developments in this regard will be reported.


Any queries in relation to this LTB should be sent to Lea Sheridan lsheridan@cwu.org.


Yours sincerely


Andy Furey

Assistant Secretary


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