CWU postal Conference 2010
Motions (113-168)


113 CATEGORY A :

The Postal Executive is instructed to work jointly with Post Office Limited, to maintain an acceptable level of protection for staff from customer allegations. A joint statement is to be issued to this effect before Annual Conference 2011.

Kent Invicta


114 CATEGORY A: If Carried Comp 115 Falls

This Conference notes that, following the National Agreement on the Upskilling of Postshop Staff reached in 2008 between CWU and POL, several of our Branch

Offices have experienced difficulties in moving to all-purpose team working, because of the following issues have not been adequately addressed following the completion of the CORP programme:

Failure to install teller machines; late fitment of AEI; lack of provision of QMS

system for Postshop positions; no facility for processing EMS transactions and

isolation of Postshop units from main counter and queue system.

Conference further notes that it has been frequently necessary to close down

Postshop positions and services in order to staff the main counter instead.

The CWU shall therefore enter into urgent negotiations with POL to resolve

these problems satisfactorily.

Additionally, there shall be a full security review of all Postshops in the light of

the move towards all purpose working.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

London North Western C&C


115 CATEGORY A: COMPOSITE MOTION

This Conference congratulates the National Officer on reaching the

Agreement for the Upskilling and Transition of Postshop Retail Sales

Consultants to Customer Service Consultants and the consolidation of

this agreement by the Agreement for the Integration of Retail Sales

Hours into All Purpose Working. These agreements have enabled the

creation of one grade and one set of all purpose working duties in

Crown Offices with retail counters, resulting in potential upskilling and

significant improvements in grade and pay for ex-postshop members.

However, Conference notes the failure of POL to provide the necessary

security and operational equipment in more than one in five of expostshops.

This is acting as an impediment to progression for ex-retail

members, is undermining the full deployment of all purpose working

and in may cases is exposing our members to unacceptable security

and safety risks.

The Postal Executive is instructed to seek meetings with POL

management with a view to achieving as a matter of urgency the

necessary equipment in ex postshops to enable the full implementation

of the terms of these agreements.

Greater Manchester

Eastern Territory Counters Co-ordinating Committee


116 CATEGORY A :

Bearing in mind the adverse impact on members' potential bonus earnings, Conference agrees that the CWU shall consult with POL to review sales targets in those offices where the templated Financial Specialist post remains long term vacant; and when there is one ATM or more in place.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

London North Western C&C


117 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the PEC that any agreement on delivery duty revision procedures must ensure that workloads are fair and manageable. To achieve this, workload must be planned using realistic and achievable work rates.

To this end, Conference resolves that:

1. Any revision planning tools or procedures must be agreed with the CWU

Nationally before being used. This includes tools such as Geo Route

(Pegasus), Delivery Productivity Tool, and Indoor Workload Tool (this list is

not exhaustive).

2. The various planning values, work rates, walking speeds and all other

inputs that are used with revision planning tools, must also be agreed with

the CWU Nationally before being used.

3. Where the spans of proposed deliveries/walks are in dispute, then those

delivery/walk spans must be physically tested, and the spans changed

where needed, before implementation. All walk testing procedures must include full CWU involvement.

Bradford and District Amal (Not Carried)


118 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to ensure that all efforts are made to protect the social and small business collection network throughout the UK. Whilst recognising that there will be major changes in the next few years, this cannot be at the expense of any major downgrading of access to the publically owned network for the vast majority of users.

The PEC are therefore instructed to firstly ascertain the current state of the

national collections network and any changes that have been introduced or

proposed that make it either impossible or unlikely that a small user cannot

reply to their mail on day of receipt. Secondly, to negotiate with the employer

an overall set of principles to ensure that all areas of the country have, as near

as possible, the same level of collection service.

North Lancs and Cumbria (Carried)


119 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that a new procedure needs to be negotiated in respect of the use of Collection Management Databases.

The procedure to include ‘Failure to Scan', which currently involves members being disciplined. Any agreed procedure must include re-training and

counselling with the emphasis on corrective rather than punitive measures.

The PEC is instructed accordingly.

Greater Manchester (Accepted)


120 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that the way Royal Mail are using the un-agreed form of Risk Assessment to remove the security aspect of collections is purely a budget saving operation, therefore it is agreed the PEC agree a joint Risk Assessment form where both RM and the CWU have an input to ensure that our members are not put in any danger.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Merseyside Amal (Accepted)


121 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the current situation of Delivery Offices being closed whilst members are still on the street working is no longer acceptable. The PEC is instructed to open discussions with Royal Mail to ensure that staff have the ability to contact the Manager or PIC at the work unit should any difficulties arise while working.

Greater Manchester (Carried)


122 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to help protect our members from breaching Mails Integrity guidelines/rules.

The business driven exodus to new delivery methods from the traditional cycle

will expose many of our members to enhanced risks of falling foul of claims

related to Mail Integrity offences. This is because of the wider use of new

equipment and methods, an example would be the HCT. The routes taken by

many of our members now and in the future will make it very difficult to redeliver

mis-prepped mail discovered whilst out on the walk.

Therefore it is now necessary to resolve this issue by reaching an agreed

position with the employer, which will provide a level of protection. Walklogs,

contingency arrangements, local workplan. All or some may be the solution to

deal with mail that has to be returned to the office, due to being impractical to

deliver whilst on the walk.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Eastern No.4 (Not Carried)


123 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the current PDAs are not fit for purpose.

The PEC is instructed to negotiate with Royal Mail to purchase the right equipment for the job.

Greater Manchester (Withdrawn)


124 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to reach agreement on the way Door to Door payments are displayed on the pay slip.

The proposed request for an agreement must develop much more transparency

than what is in place at present. The pay slip must show the number of items

per contract and the rate of pay for that contract. This will modernise they way members receive payment for this product, with the need to deliver door to door as part of absorption tasks many members are unsure if the correct remuneration is being received for the work they perform.

Eastern No.4 (Withdrawn)


125 CATEGORY A:

This Conference believes that for the vast majority of members, Saturday working is anti-social. Therefore, Conference instructs the PEC to negotiate an agreement with Royal Mail which ensures that:

1. There can be fewer Saturday attendances (for example, with four-day

weeks, or Monday to Friday duties combined with Scheduled Attendance

covering Saturdays) and;

2. Attendances on Saturdays can begin earlier, be significantly shorter, and

can finish earlier, than attendances on weekdays.

As a minimum, the current terms of the Single Daily Delivery Agreement must

be maintained. These state that: “Saturday attendances will be significantly shorter than weekday

attendances. To assist this Mailsort 3 need not be scheduled for

delivery and missort runs should be rescheduled to enable an earlier

start on town residential delivery routes”.(SDD Agreement)

Bradford and District Amal (Withdrawn)


126 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the ongoing CWU strategy in Delivery will be to secure an agreement that provides the option for whole units or areas to introduce Monday-Friday attendances with Saturdays being completed either on overtime or by a separate part-time workforce.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal (Not Carried)


127 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the CWU as part of its ongoing strategy for deliveries a referendum is carried out seeking the views of all delivery staff regarding Saturday deliveries. And whether the delivery specification becomes a Monday to Friday service.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

South East Wales Amal (Not Carried)


128 CATEGORY A:

This Conference notes with concern the increasing trend with asbestos related diseases amongst both its members and the general workforce of this country. The extensive HSE advertising campaign launched in October 2008, LTB 751/08 refers, aimed at tradesmen and highlights the risks to our technical grades (PTS) members in particular. Conference instructs the PEC to negotiate with the appropriate employers, with the aim to establish a register for all high risk employees as ‘having been exposed', especially where the employer cannot demonstrate adequate records to the satisfaction of the CWU.

London Postal Engineering


129 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that any trials carried out by Engineers where chemicals are involved all COSHH reports will be available prior to the start of the trial.

Birmingham


130 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to resist any attempts by Royal Mail Fleet and Maintenance Services to dilute the terms of the Vehicle Services and CWU IR Partnership and Consultation agreement 2003.

Merseyside and South West Lancs


131 CATEGORY A: “IN CAMERA”

This Conference notes that Romec management are breaking the national

agreements on the use of the GPS Tracking System and MDUs as well as

declaring its intention to roll out the Scheduling Tool without agreement. The

PEC is instructed to approach Romec to gain a commitment to abide by the

national agreements. Should Romec management not provide this assurance,

then consideration be given to conducting a ballot for Industrial Action.

London Postal Engineering


132 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that the current restructure of the business which included placing our Postal Engineers under the management control of Operational Management is not in the best interests of the Health and Safety of our Postal Engineering members.

Conference instructs the National Officer to respond to this situation by ensuring that the welfare of our Postal Engineering members is protected by the urgent revisiting and signing of the already agreed in principle National Health and Safety Agreement which is designed to meet the needs of the Postal Engineering members of CWU.

Conference recognises the urgency of this matter and that the lack of engineering expertise, knowledge and experience by this controlling management regime puts our members at greater risk due to the decisions which may be made by these managers.

Therefore Conference instructs the PEC to initiate this instruction with a view to providing details of progress to the membership by 30th July 2010.

Edinburgh Dundee and Borders


133 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to negotiate an agreement with Fleet & Maintenance Services that provides Technicians with an option to reduce hours/part time as an alternative to leaving the business due to the heavy nature/type of work.

Scotland MT


134 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that any new performance measurement proposals received from Fleet & Maintenance Services, the Executive will only consider at the very least, the contribution of the whole Cluster and resist any attempts to reduce this to an individual measurement basis. Such incentive schemes should not be based on individual target achievements.

London Regional Motor Transport


135 CATEGORY A: If Carried 136 Falls

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to ensure that the delivery of engineering training, coaching and support is conducted by accredited engineering trainers and that the use of unqualified and unaccredited personnel to evaluate engineering professional development needs is opposed.

South Yorkshire


136 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that engineering training should be of a professional standard and delivered by qualified trainers.

Birmingham


137 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that any revised or new agreement in Fleet and Maintenance Services on attendance patterns must include the provision for members of staff to work 8 or 9 day fortnights, or 14 day three week attendances.

Merseyside and South West Lancs


138 CATEGORY A:

The PEC is instructed to agree a process which allows the engineering workload associated with World Class Mail to be captured at Regional or local level, through negotiation with the appropriate CWU Representative. This must not allow any reduction of the Asset Care Schedules applied to the SRT replacement.

London Postal Engineering


139 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that any revised agreement on CSV (Customer Support Vehicles) working is completed on the understanding that they (CSV) are there to support FMS garage networks, not replace them.

The PEC is instructed accordingly.

Greater Manchester


140 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the principles of the CWU / ROMEC agreement on the use of the Masternaut Tracker Unit affords an excellent measure of protection to ROMEC members. Conference further agrees that the principles outlined in this agreement should form the basis of both existing and future agreements covering the use of technologies which have the ability to monitor members.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Solent


141 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to:-

1. Re-evaluate/re-negotiate with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) an

increased tax allowance associated with the cleaning of work-wear/image

clothing for CWU members within Fleet & Maintenance Services (F&MS)

2. To explore any further opportunities of claiming tax allowance

appropriate to F&MS job/type.

3. To identify F&MS CWU members that has not been included in previous

arrangements to attain a HMRC allowance rebate.

4. To ensure that there is a continual process of allowance arrangements

through HMRC which automatically includes apprentices and any other

new starts.

Scotland MT


142 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that procurement of general workshop equipment will follow same lines as the current FMS PPE (Fleet & Maintenance Services Personal Protection Equipment) national supply contract (Bunzl) where work equipment will be restricted in supply from one recognised national supplier following agreed assessment on its suitability for the garage network.

The PEC is instructed accordingly.

Greater Manchester


143 CATEGORY X:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that no agreement is given to remove the National Appeals Panel from appendix 4 of the Conduct Code for trade union representatives, until such time that sufficient progress has been made on relationships in line with the Business Transformation Agreement 2010. Conference agrees that this will remain in place until a suitable alternative is put in place that will safeguard CWU Representatives who find themselves under attack from the employer for their trade union duties.

North East Division


144 CATEGORY X:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to note that the Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond Agreement Annex C Engineers states that ‘£400 will be paid individually on completion of the development requirements identified through the skills assessment'. It continues ‘Completion will be achieving a registered standard with Engineering Council or by assessment from the Regional Maintenance representative'. Conference recognises the importance of maintaining the choice for existing members to opt out of formal membership of the IET and CWU will continue to support this position.

Meridian


145 CATEGORY X:

This Conference notes that the Business Transformation Agreement will impact on engineering staffing resource during the three year transformation period. To ensure adequate engineering resource is available to support deployment of new automation assets in remote locations the use of fixed term engineering contracts will need to be considered. The Postal Executive is instructed to finalise an agreement with Royal Mail to facilitate this resource.

South Yorkshire


146 CATEGORY X:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to ensure that, where the new role of Engineering Team Coach (ETC) is to be introduced, the current MSTL role will not be ceased by Royal Mail until and unless all 3 posts are filled within the office.

Meridian


147 CATEGORY X:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to ensure that an agreed Job Description is produced and published for the new role of Engineering Team Coach (ETC) before Royal Mail attempts to fill these posts.

Meridian


148 CATEGORY X:

This Conference notes the Royal Mail commit to be consistent with all current national agreements under ‘Generic Operational Transformation - World Class Performance' chapters of the Business Transformation agreement.

Conference also notes that machine modifications under the World Class Mail banner have been implemented outside the current agreed change request process.

The PEC is instructed to gain from Royal Mail a confirmation that all machine

modifications will be subject to the correct agreed procedure, or to negotiate

a replacement, which enshrines CWU consultation and agreement, should the

current one not be fit for purpose.

London Postal Engineering


149 CATEGORY X:

Conference agrees that The Business Transformation Agreement 2010 and beyond does not provide a detailed and comprehensive package of Terms and Conditions of Royal Mail Engineers. The Postal Executive are instructed to bring together those aspects still covered by the Engineering 2000 agreement, the Pay and Major Change Agreement and the Pay and Modernisation Agreement into a single reference source.

South Yorkshire


150 CATEGORY X:

The PEC are instructed as part of the review of Human Resources process contained within the ‘Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond', that a five step process be put in place to protect our members who persist to use their cars, following the decision by Royal Mail and The CWU to take cars off delivery.

This 5 step process would mirror the current procedure that is in place for

members who persistently disregard the use of cycle helmets. This motion

would strengthen the resolve of the CWU and Royal Mail to get people away

from the use of cars on delivery once and for all.

Cleveland Amal


151 CATEGORY X:

This Conference welcomes the proposed new products under ‘Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond' and those introduced over the past months. However, as with many other initiatives by Royal Mail in the past, they fail to adequately resource to accommodate these products. The PEC is instructed to ensure that Royal Mail recognise the need to resource product growth.

Greater Manchester


152 CATEGORY X:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that as part of the review of the Human Resources process contained in the ‘Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond' that the Bullying and Harassment Procedure is included in any review. The PEC are further instructed that during this review that the following should be included.

That an appeal for all parties against the harassment investigation decision should be included in any new agreement.

York and District Amal


153 CATEGORY X:

This Conference notes that the Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond Agreement will result in a number of Mail Centre closures or mergers.

Conference notes that Royal Mail's flagship the newly built South Midlands Mail

Centre, has the very latest automation and new technology, but minimum

employee and CWU facilities.

Conference also notes that the business is refusing to provide the CWU with an

office at this Mail Centre as it seeks to sideline the CWU when the Mail Centre

becomes operational. Conference agrees that this is contrary to the undertakings

that the business has entered into on Transforming Relationships.

Conference therefore agrees that the Postal Executive Council will negotiate an

agreement with Royal Mail that at all new build Mail Centres, including South

Midlands Mail Centre, employee facilities will be consistent with the business

desire to be a world class employer, and that CWU facilities will also be

commensurate with the CWU's pivotal role in the industry, and this will include a

dedicated CWU Office.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Midlands Divisional Committee


154 CATEGORY X:

This Conference agrees that under previous delivery agreements, training has been neglected by Royal Mail. Within the new

‘Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond Agreement' the training of members

on the proper use of equipment in delivery methods is paramount to its success.

Therefore, all members should receive the appropriate training on all equipment

before use on delivery i.e. LWT/HCT/EHCT/CDV etc.

The PEC is instructed accordingly.

Greater Manchester


155 CATEGORY X:

This Conference deplores the practice of misinformation and misdirection used by Royal Mail Management in the recent mail centre closures and therefore applauds the sentiments of the paragraph ‘Job Security/Managing the Change' in the ‘Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond' agreement. However if any deliberate deviation from the truth by Royal Mail in any present or future mail centre mergers are discovered the option of balloting affected members up to and including Industrial Action under Rule 13 will be considered.

Eastern No.6


156 CATEGORY X:

This Conference notes that the Business Transformation Agreement – 2010 and Beyond commits both parties to implementing a standard set of HR Procedures i.e. Conduct & Attendance by late 2010.

Conference agrees that any agreement reached on a revised Conduct &

Attendance Procedure shall be subject to an Individual Members Ballot.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

North West Central Amal


157 CATEGORY X:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that in the light of increasing delivery spans any review of the Attendance Procedure must include exclusion of absences related to occupational related events such as operations on knees, hips, feet and backs due to wear and tear caused by the type of work carried out by our members.

York and District Amal


158 CATEGORY X:

This Conference notes the absence of a renegotiated agreement on the Royal Mail Attendance Procedure. Conference further notes that the Business Transformation Agreement – 2010 and Beyond commits both parties to review the Procedure by late 2010. Conference agrees that any agreement reached on a revised Attendance Procedure shall be subject to an Individual Members Ballot.

Conference further agrees that failure to secure an agreement will result in the PEC serving notice on withdrawal from the current Procedure.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

North West Central Amal


159 CATEGORY X:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that the delivery supplement be paid pro-rata based on the average number of hours worked in the previous 13 weeks.

Newcastle Amal


160 CATEGORY X:

This Conference is concerned that the proposed Business Transformation Agreement makes little mentioned of the role and remuneration of the MTL. Conference also notes that the implementation of the

Early Shift Engineering Training Coach puts in position a post whose hours are similar, whose responsibilities are at best similar, but whose remuneration is

greater than the MTL. It would appear that there may be a conflict with both

pay and grading. The PEC is instructed to examine this anomaly with Royal Mail and reach an arrangement that is fair and equitable to all.

Meridian


161 CATEGORY X:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to hold policy making forums as and when required.

Newcastle Amal


162 CATEGORY X:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that there will be postal policy making briefings to supplement Postal Conference between Conferences. Conference agrees that the briefings will not substitute Postal Conferences which are the sovereign body of the union.

North East Division


163 CATEGORY X:

This Conference agrees that the CWU HQ advice to Branches on the advertisement and use of the 'Conscience Clause' during the delivery of 2009 Euro-Election and other election leaflets erred on the side of caution and 'individual choice.'

Conference believes that strong collective action by a large number of CWU

members in both Delivery and Distribution could seriously harm the BNP's

future election chances and that in future elections the CWU will make it clear

to the employer that the 'Conscience Clause' will be advertised more openly and

aggressively, with the aim of persuading whole units to refuse to handle these

items. This campaign to be conducted regardless of legal advice or threats from

the BNP.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal


164 CATEGORY X:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that the delivery supplement be paid pro-rata based on the average number of hours worked in the previous 13 weeks.

Durham County Amal


165 CATEGORY X:

This Conference deplores the practice of misinformation and misdirection used by Royal Mail Management in therecent mail centre closures and therefore applauds the sentiments of the paragraph ‘Job Security/Managing the Change' in the ‘Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond' agreement. However if any deliberate deviation from the truth by Royal Mail in any present or future mail centre mergers are discovered the option of balloting affected members up to and including Industrial Action under Rule 13 will be considered.

Northamptonshire Amal


166 CATEGORY X:

This Conference notes that the Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond Agreement will result in a number of Mail Centre closures or mergers.

Conference notes that Royal Mail's flagship the newly built South Midlands

Mail Centre, has the very latest automation and new technology, but

minimum employee and CWU facilities.

Conference also notes that the business is refusing to provide the CWU with

an office at this Mail Centre as it seeks to sideline the CWU when the Mail

Centre becomes operational. Conference agrees that this is contrary to the

undertakings that the business has entered into on Transforming Relationships.

Conference therefore agrees that the Postal Executive Council will negotiate

an agreement with Royal Mail that at all new build Mail Centres, including

South Midlands Mail Centre, employee facilities will be consistent with the

business desire to be a world class employer, and that CWU facilities will also

be commensurate with the CWU's pivotal role in the industry, and this will include a dedicated CWU Office.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Northamptonshire Amal


167 CATEGORY X:

This Conference welcomes the proposed new products under ‘Business Transformation 2010 and Beyond' and those introduced over the past months. However, as with many other initiatives by

Royal Mail in the past, they fail to adequately resource to accommodate

these products. The PEC is instructed to ensure that Royal Mail recognise the need to resource product growth.

North West North Wales Divisional Committee


168 CATEGORY X:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that once the new national agreement has been decided the Postal Executive are instructed to bring together one document that details all Engineering Terms & Conditions covered by the new agreement including the E2K Agreement, P&MC Agreement and Pay & Modernisation Agreement.

Birmingham