CWU Postal Conference 2011
Motions 1-55


1 CATEGORY A:

“IN CAMERA”

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to take all steps in its power to ensure all Royal Mail Pension Plans continue to be up-rated by the Retail Price Index (RPI) and not the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

London Postal Engineering

Withdrawn


2 CATEGORY A:

Conference notes that employees of Parcelforce Worldwide enjoy an excellent health benefits package including membership of Benenden Hospitals Health Plan and Denplan dental health scheme at no cost to an individual employee.

Conference agrees that it should be the aspiration of the CWU that all members employed within the Royal Mail Group are afforded the same benefit. Therefore the Postal Executive is instructed to enter into negotiations with all employers within the Royal Mail Group to secure the extension of such benefits across the entire group.

Eastern No.3

Accepted


3 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to ensure that any engineering bonus scheme has no Health and Safety criteria dependant on it or attached to it.

Meridian

Carried


4 CATEGORY A:

This Conference notes with extreme concern that since the cessation of the Final Salary Scheme and the creation of the CARE Scheme for the then existing members in April 2008 there are now some 10,000 people in the grossly inferior and unagreed Royal Mail Pension Plan.

This Conference further notes the decision by Royal Mail to replace RPI with CPI for the use of calculation and the indexation which can only worsen the benefits/ pensions of members past and present.

This Conference also notes the ongoing threat to pensions caused by the Governments continued attempts to privatise Royal Mail.

Therefore, Conference agrees that there is a need, as a matter of urgency, to secure an agreement with Royal Mail Group that includes the following principles;

• That there will be a continuation of the current CARE scheme going forward.

• That there will be the ability / route for those individuals in the Royal Mail Pension Plan to join the CARE scheme.

• That the CWU will play a full and active role in the Trustee Board's arrangements of the Royal Mail Pension Plan.

• A setting up of a Joint National CWU / Royal Mail Pension Forum where the CWU will meet with Royal Mail to discuss and negotiate pension

related issues.

• There will be regular updates to Branches on progress and on all pension related issues.

This list is not exhaustive.

London Divisional Committee

Carried


5 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive that when entering into negotiations with management on any future engineering bonus scheme no element of the proposed bonus that constitutes more than 10% of the bonus total payment must be dependant on a single week or day.

Meridian

Card Vote


 

6 CATEGORY A:

“IN CAMERA”

This Conference agrees that the current financial problems surrounding the Postal Industry should not be allowed to undermine the progress made by the National Officer for Parcels on basic pay and the employee package.

The National Officer shall seek:

1. Increase in basic pay flowing to SA and all allowances.

2. Increase in London Weighting.

3. Shorter Working Week.

4. Continuing progress on the Welfare Package.

This list is not exhaustive.

If no agreement can be reached by September 1st2011 then the Officer will have the right to call for a Rule 13 Ballot of the membership.

Furthermore the April 1st pay date in recent years has more often delayed talks on pay and hasn't achieved what the move to April 1st

originally set out to do, we now call for the Officer to review a suitable alternative date for the start of the next pay claim.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Merseyside Amal

Withdrawn


 

7 CATEGORY A:

The Romec Cleaning Bonus is not in the best interests of the members and Conference instructs the Postal Executive to renegotiate a fairer

system of reward, to include consideration of an annual bonus scheme.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

South East Wales Amal

Withdrawn


8 CATEGORY A:

This Conference recognises that the 2010 Parcelforce pay deal was an excellent deal for our members, however the conversion of the £11

of First Time Delivery Bonus into a non-pensionable addition to pay has produced a lower basic rate of pay for those employed after 1st November 2010. Therefore the Postal Executive is instructed to address as soon as possible this anomaly through future pay negotiations.

Kent Invicta

Accepted


9 CATEGORY C:

“IN CAMERA”

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to seek an agreement on Quadrant Pay on the following lines.

1. Obtain the maximum pay increase possible.

2. Increase in the London Weighting payment.

3. Any pay increase shall flow through to all overtime and allowances.

4. Reduction of the working week to 35 net working hours.

5. All increases to be fully pensionable.

6. Increase Full Paid Maternity Leave from 40 weeks to 1 year.

7. Continue to progress policy on child care/carers/family friendly provisions as part of the pay agreement.

8. The introduction of a Healthcare Package for Quadrant members.

9. That overtime rates shall reflect the pay grades nationally.

This list is not exhaustive.

If negotiations are not completed by 1st January 2012 the Postal Executive shall consider implementing a ballot of the membership under National Rule 13.

Kent Invicta

Accepted


 

10 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to secure an agreement that allows hours worked excess to contract/overtime to be taken as additional annual leave on a voluntary basis, together with an agreed process for taking the additional leave.

Newcastle Amal

Not Carried


11 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the current process of Bank/ Public Holiday arrangements is not fit for purpose, as experienced over the Christmas 2010 Bank/ Public Holidays.

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to negotiate for future Bank/ Public Holidays, a generic cross functional agreement. This agreement should be equality proofed to ensure all CWU members receive equal treatment across all shifts and functions.

Portsmouth and District Postal

Withdrawn


12 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to negotiate an extension to the annual leave purchase option of over 6 weeks annual leave, together with an agreed process for taking the additional leave.

Newcastle Amal

Carried


13 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to reach an agreement which ensures attendances on all Bank/Public Holidays and special

holidays are entirely voluntary with the exception of Good Friday.

North East Divisional Committee

Withdrawn


14 CATEGORY A:

If Carried 15 Falls

This Conference welcomes the recent reduction in the working week in Royal Mail, Customer Services and Supply Chain. Conference agrees however that that there is now a demand to take reductions in the working week in other ways, such as aggregating the time to allow more days away from the workplace. Conference therefore agrees that future agreements that secure reduced working time will provide this option.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal

Accepted


15 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to negotiate with Royal Mail to ensure that where offices are unable to implement the 39 hour week by the agreed date that other options to include aggregation of time will be offered to the membership.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

South East Wales Amal

Fell


16 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive that any future talks on terms and conditions for Royal Mail (Distribution) drivers must include proposals for a Shorter Working Week to fall in line with other Royal Mail members.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Merseyside Amal

Withdrawn


17 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive that no work appropriate to engineering grades is handed over to other grades without appropriate agreement under current National Agreements, including TPM.

London Postal Engineering

Accepted


18 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to seek to negotiate a change to the Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond Agreement

that allows for local Mail Centre Management and CWU Engineering Reps to jointly agree the continued provision of Maintenance Shift Team Leaders as an alternative to Engineering Team Coaches.

Meridian

Carried


 

19 CATEGORY A:

If Carried 54 and 115 Fall

This Conference agrees that World Class Mail (WCM) has the potential to undermine the collective bargaining process. Royal Mail have bought into the concept wholesale. It is clear that the business has invested heavily and developed very detailed structures in place to advance WCM principles. In order for the CWU to ensure that WCM does not undermine collective bargaining it is agreed that the CWU:

1. Develop a structure at national level committed to dealing with WCM.

2. All Divisional WCM leads should feed into the national structure and initially meet monthly so as to ensure good prompt information share.

3. Ensure that there is a CWU structure below HQ level that ensures an interface with the local RM and CWU WCM leads.

4. Ensure that there is information share and a verification process of all initiatives that are adopted centrally to replace the currently agreed Standard Operating Procedures.

5. That any CWU developed structure integrates Engineering Representatives alongside OPG Representatives for the purposes of dealing with WCM Whilst developing a structure to effectively deal with the potential dangers of WCM, the CWU should begin a dialogue with the business at national level to secure additional pay reward for our members in return for helping create WCM sites.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

North Wales/North West Divisional Committee

Carried


20 CATEGORY A:

That the Postal Executive negotiates with the employer, a LGV drivers bonus scheme in Network, this scheme should use the efficiencies

which the business will gain through the DMS, no savings made by the business should be ruled out, e.g. Fuel savings, arrival to time savings on fleet costs due to more efficient vehicles etc.

Eastern No.5

Not Carried


21 CATEGORY A:

If Carried 26 Falls

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to negotiate an increase in the Christmas Supplement, the minimum uplift shall be no lower than £5.00, this shall take effect from this coming December. By 2015 the Christmas supplement shall raise to a minimum target payment of £120.00.

Eastern No.4

Not Carried


 

22 CATEGORY A:

That the Postal Executive negotiates with the employer, a drivers bonus scheme in Royal Mail Service Delivery for MGV Drivers, this scheme should use the efficiencies which the business will gain through the use of Telemetry, no savings made by the business should be ruled out, e.g. Fuel savings, arrival to time savings on fleet costs due to more efficient vehicles etc.

Eastern No.5

Not Carried


23 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to resolve the inconsistencies in the payment of PBS bonus to staff. With the consolidation of Mail Centres we are now seeing staff working together in one unit receiving different levels of PBS bonus. This Conference asks that an agreement is reached that enables all members working under the same roof receive the higher PBS bonus paid within the unit.

Greater Manchester Amal

Not Carried


 

24 CATEGORY A:

This Conference notes that the national deployment of CSS machines into remote MPUs and the additional remote support to RDC automation imposes significant change to Mail Centre Engineer's ways of working. Not least is the inability to receive a subsidised meal whilst visiting remote sites. The Postal Executive is instructed to negotiate a day subsistence allowance to address this anomaly.

South Yorkshire

Not Carried


25 CATEGORY A:

This Conference notes Royal Mail's intention to transfer more and more minor OMV maintenance and repair work to OPG drivers. This may include tasks such as wheel changes, bulb replacement, wiper blade replacement as well as other minor repairs. This Conference also notes that there is an inherent risk to the safety of its members, and the general public, from this work being carried out by untrained and undermotivated individuals. Therefore the Postal Executive is instructed to reach agreement with the employer that this work may only be carried out by individuals trained to perform these tasks. The Postal Executive is also instructed that they must achieve an allowance for individuals performing these tasks similar to that paid for TPM for processing OPGs that carry out minor maintenance on sorting machinery.

Eastern No.3

Carried


 

26 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to negotiate a rise in the Christmas bonus, it has not increased since the Way Forward Agreement, and we feel it needs to keep pace with inflation and reflect the needs and aspirations of our members.

Greater Manchester Amal

Carried


 

27 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to negotiate an increase in the overtime rates to cover the Christmas Pressure Period for all Royal Mail grades. The rate should be no less than double their hourly rate.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Scotland No.2

Not Carried


28 CATEGORY A:

If Carried 29 Falls

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to finally decide this is the right time to negotiate overtime multipliers for Engineers.

South East Anglia

Not Carried


29 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive that the core overtime rates for Royal Mail Engineers do not compensate adequately for additional attendances. This creates a “domino effect” that leads to a reduction in volunteers to work overtime which reduces the range of covering opportunities, which in turn reduces the ability to be flexible with leave applications resulting in restrictions for our members. The Postal Executive must seek to address this issue at the earliest opportunity.

Meridian

Accepted


30 CATEGORY C:

This Conference welcomes the move toward a 39 hour week. However Conference is still concerned that the rate for overtime is very close to the hourly rate of pay, or even less. This Conference therefore instructs that the Postal Executive makes an increase in the overtime rate a priority in any future pay discussions with Royal Mail.

North Lancs and Cumbria

Accepted


 

31 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the Delivery Supplement for part-time members will be raised to that of the maximum part-time contract.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal

Withdrawn


32 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that despite Motion 22 (Pay and Related Issues, Section 1D) being passed at Conference last year, our part time members are still suffering discrimination in relation to their terms and conditions. We call upon the Postal Executive to look at and report back within six months on the feasibility of equalising the TPM payments and Shift Allowances between full and part-time staff.

Greater Manchester Amal

NOTE BY SOC

Motion 22 (2010) Category A:

This Conference agrees that our part-time members are still being discriminated against because shift patterns and TPM money are still being paid to them on a pro-rata basis. A part-time worker who works from 18.00 to 22.00 on the late shift still works the same number of unsociable hours as a full time worker who works 14.00 to 22.00, but only receives half the shift payment, under the old NDA scheme both part time and full time workers would have received the same payment. The same is true of the TPM allowance; a full time worker who performs a 40 minutes meal relief on an IMP would receive the full TPM allowance while a part time worker who works a full four hour shift on the IMP would only receive half of the TPM payment. We call upon the PEC to look into this imbalance and redress this inequality with the employer.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Greater Manchester

Carried


33 CATEGORY A:

COMPOSITE MOTION

This Conference agrees that there is now a need to hold a full review of the terms and conditions for less than full-time employees to ensure

that they are not discriminatory. The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal

South West/South Wales Divisional Committee

Carried


34 CATEGORY A:

This Conference notes the carriage of Motions 21, 22, & 25 at Conference 2010, and the current state identified in the 2010/2011 Annual Report. This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to provide regular updates to Branches on these issues, and further instructs the Postal Executive to seek redress via Employment Tribunals where necessary to further our claims.

Newcastle Amal

NOTE BY SOC

Motions 21 (2010) Category A:

This Conference agrees that there is now an urgent need to address ourselves to the issue of pay and conditions for part time members in Royal Mail. For too long the pro-rata argument has been used by Royal Mail as an excuse to exploit part time workers in Royal Mail. Conference notes that this is not the position in all Royal Mail Group Businesses and in Post Office Limited for instance, part time employees broadly speaking get bonus and annual leave commensurate with the average of hours worked in a reference period. Conference therefore agrees that the principle of applying bonus and annual leave payments etc being based on average hours worked will now be the policy of the CWU and must be factored into any further talks with Royal Mail on pay and reward.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Western Counties

NOTE BY SOC

Motions 25(2010) Category A: COMPOSITE MOTION

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that all future pro-rata lump sums for part time members be based on the average number of hours worked over a defined period.

Newcastle Amal

Durham County Amal

Carried


35 CATEGORY A:

“IN CAMERA”

If carried 36 Falls

This Conference notes:

1) That the Government's privatisation plans threaten to undermine the agreement signed between the union and Royal Mail that settled last

years' national strike.

2) That at the national Keep the Post Public rally on 15th December 2010, Dave Ward, Deputy General Secretary of the CWU, said “if you want to defend your jobs, pensions, and conditions, prepare for industrial action”.

3) Privatisation will mean that profits are put before the quality of the service and working conditions. As a result we will face attacks on the service, to pay and pensions, and more closures and redundancies.

That the this Conference believes that:

1) National strike action is the most effective way to stop the effects of privatisation.

2) The postal strike in 2009 won widespread solidarity, with the formation of Postal Worker Support Groups around the country.

3) The attacks postal workers face is now part of a wider assault on the whole working class, and strike action to defend the service would receive wide support.

4) The student revolt has inspired workers across the country and shown that there is an alternative to accepting the Tories' agenda. As Billy Hayes has said, “the best way to show solidarity is to get onto the streets ourselves and build the fight back.”

Conference instructs the Postal Executive:

1) To build the public profile of the national campaign to Keep the Post Public, including calling demonstrations and big public meetings around the country.

2) To prioritise the campaign and ensure materials, such as posters, placards, leaflets, badges etc, are produced to support members actively campaigning.

3) To immediately raise the argument with reps for national strike action to stop the effects of privatisation and to build a campaign for this within the union.

4) To organise a Ballot for national strike action to stop the effects of privatisation.

South Central No.1

Fell


36 CATEGORY A:

“IN CAMERA”

That the Government's privatisation plans threaten to undermine the agreement signed between the Union and Royal Mail that settled last years' national strike. That at the national Keep the Post Public rally on 15th December 2010, Dave Ward, Deputy General Secretary (Postal) of the CWU, said that “members had to think about industrial action to stop the effects of privatisation and defend jobs.”Privatisation will mean that profits are put before the quality of the service and working conditions, as a result we will face attacks on the service, to pay and pensions, and more closures and redundancies.

This Conference agrees that:

1) National strike action is the most effective way to stop the effects of privatisation.

2) The postal strike in 2009 won widespread solidarity, with the formation of Postal Worker Support Groups around the country.

3) The attacks postal workers face are now part of a wider assault on the whole working class, and strike action to defend the service would receive wide support.

4) The student revolt exposed the weakness of the Con-Dem coalition. If other groups, including postal workers, join the fightback the government will be brought into further crisis.

The Postal Executive is instructed to;

1) Immediately raise the argument for national strike action to stop the effects of privatisation with reps and to build a campaign for this within the union.

2) Ballot the membership for strike action to stop the effects of privatisation.

Eastern No.4

Withdrawn


37 CATEGORY A:

“IN CAMERA”

This Conference agrees that the intention of the Con-Dem Government to take over the running of the Royal Mail Pension Plan (RMPP) may well lead to a deterioration in the benefits offered. This Conference notes that other public sector schemes are being attacked following the publication of the Hutton Report and that our scheme (the RMPP) will soon therefore be in line for the same types of attack once it has been taken over by the Government. In that regard, Conference notes that the move to uprate pensions from RPI to CPI is the first of these attacks.

This Conference therefore agrees:

1. That in the absence of written assurances on the future of the RMPP benefits including a reversal of the move to CPI, that at a time of the Postal Executive choosing a Rule 13 Ballot be commenced.

2. That any campaign be done in conjunction with the other public sector unions in line with any campaign they might have to oppose pension changes.

3. That a campaign amongst our members takes place to ensure everyone understands the nature of the attacks on their pension provision. Such a campaign can include consideration of a Consultative Ballot to gauge the views of the membership should this be judged appropriate.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Western Counties

Fell


38 CATEGORY A:

COMPOSITE MOTION

This Conference agrees that the current Down Stream Access (DSA) pricing arrangements are in effect a part-privatisation of Royal Mail. DSA damages the financial viability of Royal Mail and poses a direct threat to our own existence as a public service. Conference therefore agrees to commence a political and industrial campaign to seek an immediate and substantial increase in Royal Mail's price for handling DSA mails and eventually to re-nationalise all DSA mails.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal

South Wales/South West Divisional Committee

Carried


39 CATEGORY A:

If carried 40 Falls

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to negotiate with all CWU represented postal businesses a more robust procedure for reporting accidents and near misses to Safety Representatives that complies with the Health and Safety legislation. Additionally, the CWU should challenge the perception of businesses that safety improvement procedures only endeavours to focus on the blameworthy aspects of accidents to our members.

Greater Manchester Amal

Carried


 

40 CATEGORY A:

This Conference believes that CWU Health and Safety Representatives are not informed of accidents within the workplace in good time. Using the ERICA system relies on manager's knowledge to do so and offers no automated system, or reminder notice. This problem can leave representatives with little or no involvement in the accident investigation process. This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to review the ERICA system with the employer, to ensure the relevant Area Health, Safety and Environmental Representatives are automatically sent a copy of ERICA reports via email when they are submitted to the Accident Management Unit. There should also be a reminder page/pop up to advise the person submitting the report to send a hard copy to the Area Safety Representative, if no email address is available.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

South Central No.1

Withdrawn


41 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that: Royal Mail's continuous appointment of Regional Safety Directors without suitable or sufficient consultation, is detrimental to the safety and health of our members. Regional Safety Directors are considered by Royal Mail to be a competent person in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. However many are being given the position without evidence of being qualified for the position. On occasions there has also been operational managers appointed to these positions, when other more qualified persons are applying for the position. This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to engage with the employer with the objective of ensuring agreement, that the CWU are suitably and sufficiently consulted and involved at all relevant levels before Regional Safety Director positions are filled.

South Central No.1

Carried


42 CATEGORY A:

This Conference recognises that the Romec Industrial Relations Framework Agreement for Cleaners is in urgent need of renegotiation. This Conference accepts that the review should take into account the extra workload which the Regional Cleaners Reps have to take on in light of cleaners in Mail Centres, Delivery Offices, RDCs and Post Office Counters outlets. This Conference therefore instructs the Postal Executive to renegotiate the agreement assuring that the size of the areas which our Regional Cleaners Representatives are reduced. In addition, the renegotiation should ensure that all Regional Cleaners Reps have suitable release to carry out their representatives role. This Conference agrees that the new IR Framework should be achieved no later than the end of October and will be the subject of a ballot of our cleaning members.

London Divisional Committee

Carried


43 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the revised IR agreement will contain no overall increase in the number of full-time representatives/ officials who currently receive a wage from the employer higher than that of their substantive grade. The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal


 

44 CATEGORY A:

If Carried 46 and 47 Fall

This Conference agrees that the Postal Executive is instructed to commence a campaign that will assist Postal Branches fill vacant positions and develops workplace reps in all units that they represent.

• The campaign should ask all branches to map their workplaces and find out what vacancies they have for Unit Rep positions across the Branch and what development opportunities exist for reps.

• Workshops should be developed to give branches, reps and activists the confidence to engage new and existing members.

• Highlight from current CWU positions Regional/Divisional/Branch Mentors to assist reps in the understanding of National Agreements via coaching and mentoring methods with workshops being developed to assist in this process.

• Highlight best practice amongst Regions/Divisions and Branches in communicating with the membership and representatives and roll the identified best techniques out to Divisions/Branches and Regions.

• Create campaign and supporting material for branches to identify potential members and activists to fill current CWU Rep local vacancies.

• Ensure that all branches have a diary of regular meetings with CWU Reps, activists and members across the whole of the U.K.

• Ensure that the Postal Executive, Divisional Reps, Regional Secretaries etc. are committed to attend Reps' and members' meetings across the UK, where invited.

This list is not exhaustive.

The Postal Executive is instructed to build on these initial steps.

North East Divisional Committee

Carried


45 CATEGORY A:

If Carried 46 and 47 Fall

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to develop training on all relevant national agreements and procedures. Such training may be accredited or otherwise, but should have the facility to be delivered on an ‘as and when' required basis.

Newcastle Amal

Carried


46 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive that following deployment of the newly revamped MTSF training course, that now there is a need for an advanced course to be developed. The outcome must be a course that prepares our representatives for both concentration and closure of workplaces. The aim of the new course must be to help them develop their skills to deal with bumping exercises across a number of workplaces/functions, calculate ETE payments, and deal in some detail with preference exercises, in particular when the business want to engage the use of clear choice. This course must be ready for use by November 2011.

Eastern No.4

Fell


47 CATEGORY A:

If Carried 54 Falls

This Conference agrees that World Class Mail will have a dramatic effect on how members perform tasks at work now and in the future. This Conference agrees that it is of the utmost importance that CWU Industrial and Safety Reps are upskilled on how to deal with World Class Mail as it rolls out across the country. Therefore Conference agrees that a training programme/ workshop is developed as a matter of urgency to all representatives involved in WCM.

The aim should be that the workshop / training programme be developed as soon as possible so that reps are trained up prior to WCM going live in any future roll out sites. Priority should be given to those reps in sites where WCM is live and in tandem with the order of the roll out of WCM.

The Postal executive is instructed accordingly.

North East Divisional Committee

Fell


48 CATEGORY A:

“IN CAMERA”

This Conference notes with concern the fact that RME have unilaterally introduced further triggers to achieving the £600 lump sum payment and 2% increase in basic pay for engineers, one being the reduction in Performance Maintenance time from 35% to 25%, another the introduction of Engineering Team Coaches, with the subsequent shift rota changes associated with this. It is not a requirement to complete these tasks in order to receive these payments as they are not noted as triggers in the Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond Agreement. The Postal Executive must use all means necessary to ensure these unagreed triggers are removed.

Meridian

Accepted


49 CATEGORY A:

COMPOSITE MOTION

This Conference recognises the fact that we currently have Operational Postal Graded R.T.D. drivers that are directly tagged to and working in the delivery function but not in receipt of the £20.60 supplement to their basic pay. Against this background the Postal Executive are instructed to conclude an agreement that secures this payment in line with the spirit, letter and intent of the pay simplification section of the Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond Agreement.

Essex Amal

Anglia Divisional Committee

Northern Home Counties Postal

Carried


50 CATEGORY A:

COMPOSITE MOTION

This Conference agrees that once a Regional Distribution Centre is no longer at risk from closure during the lifetime of the Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond Agreement then all CWU represented grades at the site will be employed on a substantive contract basis only. The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal

South Wales/South West Divisional Committee

Carried


 

51 CATEGORY A: COMPOSITE MOTION

If Carried 53 and 113 Fall

The Postal Executive is instructed to carry out an immediate review of the National Mail Centre Rationalisation Framework Agreement. The review will include requesting [Joint] written submissions from Local/Area Reps and Divisional Officers of all areas which have losing and receiving offices where a rationalisation has been proposed. These reports should detail both the strengths and weaknesses of the National Agreement and where representatives believe it could be improved as we take the Business Transformation forward. Once the submissions have been received the aims of the review will be:

• Engage with the employer to secure improvements to the existing agreement.

• Identify the areas of the agreement which have fallen short of CWU expectations.

• Identify areas and give clear examples where Royal Mail have “mitigated job losses in losing units in the short-term by sensible phasing of work and in the longer term by scoping work to retain where it is cost-effective and meets customer and operational needs and introduced new work”.

• Identify where Royal Mail proposals have not dealt with people issues in line with National Agreements.

• Examine quality of service and service specification results at gaining offices where a rationalisation of another Mail Centre has taken place, this in order to identify maintenance, improvement or deterioration.

• Review the statement and have a full understanding of what “maintain or improve quality of service to the customer in line with our service specification” means in its application and practice.

• Identify improvements to the Mail Centre Rationalisation Process which places more emphasis on gaining agreement with the Union on people issues prior to any transfer of work.

• Review in its entirety paragraph 6.11 of the agreement to fully satisfy the CWU that this statement is commensurate with gaining agreement rather than employer dictat.

• To determine in Mail Centre closures thus far that economies of scale have been achieved and people issues were dealt with in line with existing agreements.

This list is not exhaustive.

The review will be completed by no later than 1st August 2011. Should this date not be achieved no further agreement to any Regional Mail Centre reviews will be given until the review of this agreement is complete and communicated to Branches.

Essex Amal

Northamptonshire Amal

Anglia Divisional Committee

Accepted


52 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the Postal Executive to set up a working party to deal with the aftermath of any Rationalisation Programmes that take place nationally. CWU represented grades currently have no recourse if they have made wrong decisions in regards to:

1. Relocations.

2. Shift choices.

3. Job choices.

4. Buy-downs.

Merseyside Amal

Not Carried


53 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the current method of announcing Regional Reviews is not in the best interests of the membership or the best the way to develop a national network. The Postal Executive is therefore instructed to seek, from the business, a national picture of the end state for the Mail Centre network. Failure to provide such information will be met with a withdrawal from cooperating in further reviews until a Post Implementation Review has been conducted for those areas where reviews have already taken place. The outputs of any such review such be published and errors acknowledged before we move on. Ploughing ahead without fully reviewing the success or failure of the reviews already undertaken is not in the best interest of our members or the future of the industry.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

North Wales/North West Divisional Committee

Fell


 

54 CATEGORY B:

“IN CAMERA”

If Carried 115 Falls

This Conference notes:

1) That Royal Mail is introducing World Class Mail across the business.

2) That World Class Mail is not in any shape or form in the interest of our members.

This Conference believes that:

World Class Mail is team working in its worst manifestation ever. This union has policy of opposing team working so how can we have anything to do with World Class Mail?

World Class Mail should under no circumstances be embraced by this union and should be resisted at all levels.

This Conference resolves:

To campaign amongst the membership to ensure that they are aware of just how damaging World Class Mail is going to be to their terms and conditions.

To fight World Class Mail by any means necessary up to and including a Rule 13 Ballot.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

South Central No.1

Fell


 

55 CATEGORY A:

COMPOSITE MOTION

If carried 56 and 57 Fall

Following the carriage of Composite Motion 50 at 2010 Postal Conference in the name of Meridian Branch and South East Division, Conference requests an urgent report back on the position to date as further unusual, severe weather has affected Regions once again. Conference notes that LTB 1081/10 records the Joint Statement secured with Parcelforce Worldwide but, whilst Conference welcomes this, it falls short of the process contained in Composite Motion 50. In light of the new relationship secured with the Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond Agreement, suitable procedures should be in place by end of October 2011.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Meridian

South East Divisional Committee

NOTE BY SOC

Motions 50(2010) Category A: COMPOSITE MOTION

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to enter negotiations with Royal Mail Group concerning the unfair treatment of our members who are unable to attend for work during severe weather conditions and as a result suffer loss of pay or annual leave. To this end the Postal Executive shall seek to negotiate an agreement to provide for payment of wages to be the default position in the event of inability to attend, due to severe weather. Conference however recognises that the businesses will seek to examine whether such failure to attend is genuine and therefore agrees that any process for such examination must ensure that each case is dealt with on its own merits. Within such a process the businesses will be required to demonstrate why a person has not made any effort to get to work before any deduction of pay or annual leave can be considered.

This process must include an ability for the individual to attend an interview with an appropriate independent manager for consideration of the case at which the individual must have the right of CWU representation.

Meridian

South East Divisional Committee

Carried