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Royal Mail National Agreement agreed by CWU Executive

By Chris Dawson December 22, 2020 - 12:35 pm

A new Royal Mail National Agreement has been agreed by the CWU Executive to end their long running dispute and both have shared details of how Royal Mail will work with the CWU’s support in the future. Following the recent vote in favour by the CWU Postal Executive, CWU will now put the final deal to a vote of its members.

You can read a full copy of the agreement with latest amendments here.

“The Communication Workers Union is pleased to announce that after a long running dispute, we have reached an agreement with Royal Mail Group on job security, pay, a reduction in the working week and a growth strategy to create our future.
 
Our union believes it is an excellent agreement for postal workers, customers and company alike. It also demonstrates that in this unprecedented period of crisis, it offers a way forward that demonstrates what ‘being in this together’ really means.
 
– For CWU members, it means a 2 year deal backdated to April 2020 worth 3.7%, plus a one hour reduction in the working week. This is a combined package worth around 6.5% over the 2 year period. Crucially, on job security, it means as we introduce change there will be no compulsory redundancies and the stated objective of Royal Mail is now one of job creation.
 
– For customers, it will mean a more dynamic postal service tailored to meet ever-increasing expectations. Through a range of new products, services and innovations, this new service will be built on an expanded role for postal workers and the trusted relationship that customers have with their local posties.
 
– For the company, it means change can now be introduced more quickly with the full support of the union including the development of a 24/7 operation for parcels, the role out of new technology and automation, creating an enhanced infrastructure and a more efficient overall business.”

– CWU

“Royal Mail and CWU have committed to rebalance our focus and resources from the declining letters to the rapidly growing parcels market, creating a more efficient business that is better aligned to the changing needs of customers. Both parties recognise this will require new ways of working, a more flexible business, greater use of technology and the insight of our workforce. This will also provide both job security and job opportunities for the future.”
– Royal Mail

Key initiatives in Royal Mail National Agreement

  • The roll out of scan in, scan out technology
  • New scan in, scan out equipment (Auto Hours Data Capture) will be introduced in all sites commencing January 2021 to replace handwritten sign in sheets. This will create a safer working environment and help us understand where we have opportunities to align resources more closely to demand.

  • More regular revisions
  • Rapidly changing letter and parcel volumes mean we need to adjust our operations more regularly. We will develop and implement a new, simplified revision process in delivery and ensure that each function rebalances and realigns resources to workload, and workload is allocated fairly. These revisions will be deployed starting Q4 2020-21.

  • Development of Resource Scheduler
  • A three-month trial will restart in February 2021. Resource Scheduler draws together data from across the operation to enable better alignment of duty sets and rosters to demand. Assuming a successful trial outcome we will then begin deployment.

  • Nationally consistent standards to improve productivity
  • Royal Mail and CWU will work together to implement efficient ways of working to raise overall standards across the operation based on an agreed measure and standard of productivity.

Royal Mail National Agreement pay deal

  • 2.7% pay increase effective from April 2020; and
  • A further pay increase of 1% with effect from April 2021; and
  • The second hour of the shorter working week to be implemented at the point that the 2021 programme of revision activity is deployed in a function/unit and no later than the end of October 2021.
  • Nico
    1 month ago

    I can’t lose another hour, there aren’t enough hours in the week now to get my job done ?

  • Victor
    1 month ago

    A deal to get the pay rise, then renege on the working conditions , walk outs and wildcat strikes are inevitable

  • 1 month ago

    WHEN ROYAL MAIL WAS SOLD OFF. AT A VERY VERY CHEAP PRICE FORMER ROYAL MAIL AND PARCELFIRCE RETIRED UCW WORKERS’ MUST HAVE HAD FREES SHARES’. THE ROYAL MSIL EMPLOYEES’ DESERVED MORE SHARES’. VINCE CABLE. MADE A HUGEMISTAKE. TO SELL OFF ROYAL MSIL SO SO CHEAP. WITHIN A DAY AFTER FLOTATION. MASSIVE AMOUNTS’ OF PROFITS’ WERE MADE. AND OVER 12 MONTHS’ EVEN MORE MONEY WAS MADE BY CABLE’S UNDERVALUING OF ROYAL MAIL p.l.c. THE 500 YEAR OLD BUSINESS
    CABLE WAS REWSRDED WITH A KNIGHTHOOD. MISTAKES IN THE U.K. ARE ALWAYS REWARDED. ALAS NO RETIRED ROYAL MAIL WORKERS’ GET ZILCH NOWT DIM. KE SEERA. Mr. A. Morris Allan Morris. N.N. WHEN THE LETTERS’ PACKAGES’ GET RESOLVED e.g. SIGNED FOR EUROPE ANG GLOBALLY PROBABLY AMAZON AND OR A FOREIGN POST GIANT WILL BUY ROYAL MAIL. p.l.c. MAYBE G.L.S. WILL BE HIVED OFF VERY VERY. SOON. ALLAN MORRIS. ( DIOLCH. (.

  • mark
    1 month ago

    what a joke.

    the only good thing is with 1 hour less in the working week it should reduce the lost parcels as they will not have the time to lose them.

  • G smith
    1 month ago

    We don’t have enough quality time with our families as it is going home literally worn out now they want us to work Sundays. They say initially they will be voluntary but that will probably become part of the working week. Time to get out of this regime

  • AJ
    1 month ago

    Again, The postal workers are being mugged off.
    Sundays will be made essential and tired overworked posties having to fit more work in with one hour less to do so. If my partner has to work a 24/7 job, he will be out! No chance people with families will agree to this plan.

  • Paul Kelley
    1 month ago

    As a part time employee with 8 years service. 27.5 hours contracted hours. I have not worked 27.5 hours since starting tell a lie I get paid 27.5 when off sick and holidays. I know what your reply will be. But the feeling I get is it’s been kicked into the long grass. I as a part time employee feel under valued by both management and UNION also take bonuses we work just as hard but get paid pro-rata on bonuses leaving us with the feeling that as long as the full timers are happy the union is happy we don’t matter. As I have said 8 years employment with Royal Mail and it feels as if nothing as changed for part timers

  • parcel pete
    1 month ago

    im on a 9hr shift per day,,,but always doing 11 or 12hr days yet always being nagged to work saturday or sunday,,,,give over im knackered,,,,when your driving all day delivering parcels and working 50 to 60 hrs a week and they want more??
    we wont be carrying parcels for long it will be coffins cos of all the posties and parcel guys flogged to death and having not family or rest time.
    i say work to rule on your hours,,you cannot be discrimminated against….been in the parcel game over 30yrs and every year they want more more more.
    profit profit profit….try investing in your work force and looking after them,,,a happy work place is a productive one

  • Gary stevens
    4 weeks ago

    Part timers get shafted again…!! No acknowlegment of the extra hrs …bonus…shift allowance..holiday pay…or increase in hrs/duty….

  • mark
    4 weeks ago

    Managers bully workers and turn blind eye to practises to get mail delivered

  • mark
    4 weeks ago

    24 7 agreement u should b ashamed to agree it

  • 4 weeks ago

    The long running average holiday pay issue still remains un resolved???
    Why was this not sorted out before the the latest agreement was accepted???
    Sounded simple to me….they know something has to be sorted …what’s taking them so long to sign off??

  • Postie
    4 weeks ago

    What the hell am I paying my union subs for once again the union folds,rolls over and gets their tummy rubbed all of the hard working posties are shafted again by the faceless fat cats.Posties cannot carry on with these forced upon unachievable demands you are killing us off mentally and physically it is time to rise up and take a stand.

  • Ben
    3 weeks ago

    Sounds like a good deal, reality will be so, so, so different. Let the bullying begin!

  • David Doherty
    2 weeks ago

    How can we reduce the working week by another hour when we can’t complete the current workload.?

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