CWU postal Conference 2010
Motions (56-112)


56 CATEGORY A: If Carried 57 Falls

Conference agrees that Britain has experienced an increase in extreme weather

conditions in the past year this has led to some of our Royal Mail members being

unable to attend work safely. Royal Mail operates an un-agreed Severe Weather Policy to deal with these circumstances, Conference agrees this is not in best interests of our members, therefore the Postal Executive is instructed to seek agreement with Royal Mail on a joint policy going forward to deal with such circumstances in the future.

Kent Invicta (Fell)


57 CATEGORY A:

This Conference notes the fact that the severe weather this winter caused difficulties to our members. In some areas problems were caused by Royal Mail applying different policies. The PEC is instructed to carry out a survey including input from branches, following this, discussions to be sought with the employer with the aim of achieving an agreed national cold weather policy that is applied consistently across the country.

South East No.5 (Fell)


58 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to establish a clear process as to when a preference exercise can be deployed in a work location. The principle must establish that the MTSF Agreement must act as a subordinate to the Industrial Relations Framework Agreement.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Eastern No.4 (Carried)


59 CATEGORY A:

That this Conference agrees that the current MTSF Agreement in relation to surplus administration staff is flawed. Some business units such as HR have dedicated PCAs (People Change Advisors) to manage their surplus staff, whilst other business units still work to their previous line manager. In order to see fair and equitable treatment for all it would be in the best interests of all our surplus administration members to have a dedicated PCA per region covering all business units.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Birmingham District Amal (Carried)


60 CATEGORY C:

This Conference is appalled that despite previous assurances from CWU HQ there are still ex-Safenet members who have still not been given their first preference when transferring to other business units and some monetary issues are still to be resolved. This is against both the terms of the National Agreement and nothing appears to have been done by CWU HQ to rectify the situation following the exhaustion of local negotiations. The Postal Executive is therefore instructed to pursue these cases nationally with management to ensure that all individuals are given their preference.

Bristol and District Amal (Not Carried)


61 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that there is a need for a joint review of the current containerisation of mails arrangement throughout the network, mail centre and delivery operations.

This review should include all aspects of mail containerisation including:-

1. suitability of containers for the employee and work

2. Impact of walk sequencing.

3. Increase levels of containerised mail being moved by vehicle.

4. Weight restrictions of containers.

5. Space requirements for using equipment.

6. Maintenance and repair process.

7. Environmental waste management of broken and unserviceable equipment.

8. SSOW training and refresher training.

The findings of the review should form the basis of a safe and healthy process for

the containerisation of mail throughout the operation.

Newcastle Amal (Carried)


62 CATEGORY A:

This Conference is instructed that no agreement be given to any changes in the Royal Mail Area Safety Representatives (ASR) structure which;

a) Undermines the right for each Branch to elect at least one Area Safety Representative.

b) Undermines the ASR position of being recognised as the accredited trade union

safety representative under the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee

Regulations 1977.

c) Undermines the employer's duty to consult with ASR's in line with the above

regulations.

Furthermore, any changes to our current representative agreement should be

subject to consultation and agreement with branches prior to any changes being agreed.

The PEC is instructed accordingly.

Northern Home Counties Postal (Carried)


63 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that cleaning levels in Royal Mail Group represented by the CWU falls below the standards required by Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations. Therefore, the PEC is instructed to immediately review all agreed cleaning specifications to ensure that cleaning contracts meet with their full responsibilities under the legislation.

With the likelihood of the cleaning contract being re-negotiated it would be the appropriate opportunity for the CWU to propose returning all cleaning services back in-house.

Greater Manchester (Not Carried)


64 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to further instruct the National Health & Safety Officer to engage in negotiations as soon as possible with the employer to ensure that all Royal Mail ASRs within RMG are all afforded the same ‘tools for the job'. This should include, as a minimum, personal laptop/desktop, personal mobile/phones, readily accessible transport, imprest accounts, business e-mail accounts and access to relevant business data bases.

This list is not exhaustive.

Glasgow and District Amal (Withdrawn)


65 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to reach an agreement whereby all 600 CF vehicle floors will be treated with a suitable anti-slip surface.

Cheshire No.1 Amal (Accepted)


66 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that any agreement covering HR procedures such as Conduct Code, Sick Absence

Procedure, Grievance Procedure, Ill Health Retirement, Bullying and Harassment

Procedures must ensure:-

• That they are at least in line with ACAS best practice and guidelines, if not better.

• Improve on and remove current trigger points and standards for sick absence for any member across the postal industry.

• That remedial action is the key focus on conduct matters.

• That timescales are adhered to for grievance cases.

• That there is regular updates and meetings with Senior Field Officials whilst negotiations are ongoing.

• That joint training is performed when such procedures are agreed and is rolled out across the country.

• That any agreement is subject to an individual member ballot.

North East Division (Carried)


67 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that any review of Appendix 4 of the Conduct Code (including the National Appeal Panel) will ensure that there is proper protection for representatives so that they can feel confident that they will not face management targeting them for their actions in their role as representatives. Furthermore any changes to the National Appeal Panel will ensure that representatives are fully protected within the procedures and there will be an improvement to the processes to that end.

South East Divisional Committee (Carried)


68 CATEGORY A:

This Conference notes that the management in Royal Mail has demonstrated an increasingly cavalier attitude to the application of the Royal Mail Conduct Code and Attendance Procedure; particularly at first line manager level.

This has resulted in many cases progressing with serious procedural flaws much to the detriment of our members.

Conference therefore instructs the Postal Executive to reach agreement with the

employer that where an attendance/conduct case is proven to have been progressed outside of the terms of the nationally agreed procedures and in breach of the rights of the employee, then that case should be considered as void.

In the event of a case being declared void, no further management action may be taken in relation to the alleged incident that initiated the original proceedings.

Eastern No.3 (Withdrawn)


69 CATEGORY A:

Conference deplores the decision taken by Royal Mail to extend the timescales for decisions to be made by Appeals Managers when members have appealed against dismissal.

Royal Mail policy is now that it is stated within the appeal hearings that the timeframe for reaching a decision will be 90 days/3 months from the date of the

original decision. This unagreed policy is clearly outside of the current procedure,

however the fact remains that this is not in the interests of our members who face

an uncertain future whilst awaiting these decisions. Therefore the Postal Executive is instructed to reaffirm an agreed timescale that is of benefit to our members and states that, as a minimum, appeals shall be concluded within 28 days from the date of the hearing. In extreme circumstances when this timescale is unavoidable then the member will be advised in writing as soon as possible with reasons as to why this cannot be adhered to and given an indication as

to when a decision will be reached.

Plymouth and East Cornwall Amal (Carried)


70 CATEGORY A :

This Conference views with great concern Royal Mails attempts to bring Bullying and Harassment and Conduct Code charges against CWU members through comments made on social networking websites, therefore the

Postal Executive shall seek agreement with Royal Mail Group, Quadrant and Romec that addresses the issue and sets out a joint Code of Practice for each Business which includes safeguards for all our members across the Postal Constituencies.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Kent Invicta (Carried)


71 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to clearly define and establish with the employer the status of WTL&L in respect to the conduct code.

Does evidence that an individual has attended a WTL&L session where various topics are covered. The judgement is to determine whether is it reasonable for

management to refer to this in any subsequent discipline case ( excluding Mails

Integrity - reference LTB's 105/10 and 541/06)

If the conclusion of those discussions that it is, then the following need to be

formally agreed: -

• The shelf-life of a topic covered in a WTL&L session, when would it become time expired?

• Each individual to be provided with a written WTL&L brief for the session

attended, these will need to be signed for and a record kept.

• An individual folder provided to retain copies of each WTL&L session written brief attended.

• This list is not exhaustive.

However, if the decision reached concludes that it is not reasonable, then a joint

statement will be produced declaring this position.

Eastern No.4 (Not Carried)


72 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to note that the definition on wilful delay in Royal Mail's Conduct Code differs in spirit and letter to that set out in the relevant statute.

The law refers to someone who ‘intentionally delays or opens a postal packet'

whereas the Conduct Code says ‘deliberate action taken by an employee that causes mail to be delayed'. Notwithstanding this important difference, Royal Mail and the Conduct Code refer to its terms being synonymous with the legal definition and implies an equivalence which should not be applied.

The PEC is therefore instructed to draw attention to the distinction and to seek amendment to the Conduct Code so that Wilful Delay as defined in law is separated and treated differently from action which incidentally and non deliberately causes delay or damage to mail. Accordingly this will lead to a widening of the scope of the processes for dealing with delay to mail where it is not wilful delay, which already exists within the Conduct Code.

South East Divisional Committee (Accepted)


73 CATEGORY C:

This Conference expresses its disappointment on the lack of progress made on Motion 85 carried at the Postal Conference 2008, therefore Conference reaffirms the terms of the motion and instructs the Postal Executive to enter into negotiations with Royal Mail to achieve the terms of the motion. ‘Motion 85. This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to seek agreement with Royal Mail which addresses their failure to adhere to the spirit and intent contained within section 5 paragraph; 2 of the Royal Mail Conduct Code

Agreement. Their failure has meant that the remedial approach by Management

contained within the agreement is being replaced on almost every occasion by

punitive action.' Therefore the Postal Executive shall seek agreement with Royal Mail that ensures that the spirit of the agreement is adhered to and where Management move straight to the Conduct Code they must at the interview stage provide written reasons why remedial action at the time was not considered appropriate.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Kent Invicta (Accepted)


74 CATEGORY A: “IN CAMERA”

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that once a request for a ballot is received by CWU HQ and sanctioned, that ballot will not be stopped unless the Branch who asked for it agrees.

Cheshire No.1 Amal (Not Carried)


75 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that any change to the current Royal Mail Industrial Relations Framework will be subject to ratification via a Branch Ballot.

North East Division (Carried)


76 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that any new simplified IR structure retains specialist representation.

London Postal Engineering (Accepted)


77 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the PEC to secure paid facilities for all Branch Equality Officers employed within the Postal Sector. The Branch Equality Officer must also be given recognition rights to deal with IR based matters where appropriate, or requested to do so by the member or the Branch. The priority must be to secure paid release time for the Branch Equality Officer to effectively carry out their role and deal with all equality related issues by no later than

CWU Annual Conference 2011.

Northamptonshire Amal (Withdrawn)


78 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that as a part of building improved trust and relationships with management, that CWU representatives will be given unrestricted access to the online Personnel Framework,

Pay Directives, and Business Polices.

The primary aim will be provided by the Office Manager identifying which computer is the nominated one for this provision. Accessing these subjects will be available during duty time, without the need to provide any explanation to the reason or purpose of the subject being referenced, no reasonable request will be denied. In addition to the above the production of a compact disc that holds the above information, with updated periodic versions will be supplied on an ongoing basis to Area Representatives.

Eastern No.4 (Carried)


79 CATEGORY A:

T his Conference agrees that the current Grievance Procedure is being misused by management.

Therefore, the PEC is instructed to re-negotiate the current Grievance Procedure so that it is fair and transparent at all stages.

Greater Manchester (Withdrawn)


80 CATEGORY A:

This Conference records its concern that the Royal Mail Bullying and Harassment Procedure allows for all stages of a case to be dealt with by Managers from within the same postcode area as the member raising the complaint.

Conference agrees that this can result in unsatisfactory outcomes and leads to members feeling that there is no independence when dealing with cases. Conference therefore instructs the PEC to negotiate a change to the procedure whereby all cases where the member wishes to take the issue to the final formal appeal stage are dealt with by a Manager from outside the postcode area where the original complaint was raised.

South East No.5 (Carried)


81 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that all grievances that are against a manager, will be heard by a manager of a higher grade than the one the grievance is against.

Cheshire No.1 Amal (Accepted)


82 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that under the Bullying and Harassment Procedure, where the author of the complaint is found to have been coerced into carrying on the complaint formally against their wishes, the manager responsible for this action will be investigated under the Conduct Code.

Cheshire No.1 Amal (Carried)


83 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that all grievance forms and the H1 forms must have a pre-printed space for the date to be entered by the member.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Western Counties (Carried)


84 CATEGORY A: “IN CAMERA”

This Conference agrees that the Royal Mail Christmas arrangements agreement for 2009 was not in the best interests of the membership. Members who were scheduled to Saturday 26 th December 09 as their day off have been treated differently to those who were scheduled a day off between and including Monday 21 st December 09 and Friday 25 th December 09 in that those scheduled to a day off other than Saturday 26 th December 09 actually enjoyed a day off or were awarded a 1 day annual leave credit for Friday 25 th December 09. Members who were scheduled their day off as Saturday 26 th December 09 did not receive a day off or indeed a 1 day annual leave credit.

This is clearly a case of ‘clawback' and if allowed to continue will endorse that

process. Therefore, urgent negotiations need to take place to secure an agreement which ensures that ‘clawback' in this or any other form does not occur again. Failure to achieve agreement on this as part of the Royal Mail 2010 Christmas arrangements will result in the Postal Executive considering an Industrial Action Ballot for all members affected.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal (Withdrawn)


85 CATEGORY A:

This Conference supports the continuation of all admin grades within Royal Mail and will resist the continuing movement by management of this grade's work to supplement managerial duties.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Birmingham District Amal (Carried)


86 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that part of any agreements on future security strategies must include the right of the CWU rep to be involved in any risk assessments that take place within the workplace. Furthermore if any risk assessments take place outside or on third party premises the CWU rep will also be involved.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Northern Regional Parcels Committee (Withdrawn)


87 CATEGORY A:

This Conference recognises the harrowing ordeals faced by CWU members who are victims of domestic violence and the often unsympathetic and misunderstood approach of various employers in dealing with such sensitive issues.

In light of that Conference instructs the PEC in all industries and companies that

recognise the CWU in the Postal Constituencies that a Domestic Violence Policy

should be pursued with each employer to protect workers who are victims of such abuse.

Northamptonshire Amal (Carried)


88 CATEGORY C:

This Conference agrees that members in CIT who are unable to carry on their duties because of attacks or injuries sustained through bandit attacks are able to transfer to other roles with Royal Mail Group.

This Conference deplores the actions of Royal Mail, who fail to re-employ individuals back within the business.

Conference therefore instructs Postal Executive to deliver Conference policy to support our members in CIT.

Greater Manchester (Carried)


89 CATEGORY C:

This Conference agrees that the current Occupational Health Referral Guidelines agreed in 2004 are no longer in the best interests of our members.

Therefore the relevant officer is instructed to renegotiate the agreement to include the facility for CWU Representatives to provide representation to members at OHS appointments, if requested by the member.

Northern Home Counties Postal (Withdrawn)


90 CATEGORY A:

This Conference recognises, that the current Parcelforce Worldwide First Time Delivery Bonus Scheme is being adversely effected by the Post Office Limited Exceptions List and the increase in larger items, therefore the Postal Executive is instructed in line with the 2008 pay agreement to ensure a joint review of the Scheme takes place to assess the effectiveness of the Scheme in terms of improvements to the delivery performance and the aspirations of rewards to our members.

London and South East Parcel Committee (Carried)


91 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to examine the use and operation of specialised equipment in Parcelforce Units i.e. forklifts and mechanised lifting equipment, and to assess whether the use of such equipment given the skills and training required, justifies a claim for a skills payment commensurate with the responsibilities of the role.

South, Central Wales and West Regional Parcel Committee (Carried)


92 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to set up a JWP to look into the viability of Parcelforce Worldwide's continued involvement of the LAYGO (Learn As You Go) programme. The JWP should look into such things as what is in it for our members, both financially and in personal development. What are the impacts on the depot, in staffing, productivity and Q of S when members are away on these courses and can the costs attributed to LAYGO be directed in making the depots more efficient.

Finally the JWP should produce a report with its findings, to be presented to the

National Officer and the People's Strand of The Table Of Success for further action as required/necessary.

Scotland and N.Ireland Regional Parcels Committee (Withdrawn)


93 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to acknowledge the modern approach to the industrial relations interface provided by the ‘Table of Success' approach to Strategic Involvement. Since its inception it has been proven to provide a mutual interest concept that Conference believes can be

further enhanced to the benefit of CWU members and the Business

• That the existing groups are continued and mechanisms are established to

devolve the concept to Regional/Area joint forums.

• The aim will be to have a National forum of all stakeholders on at least an annual basis to share progress and best practice across National & Regional/Area groups.

South, Central Wales and West Regional Parcels Committee (Carried)


94 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to seek urgent discussions with Parcelforce Worldwide to seek their views on and commitment to the Table of Success. Despite the various strands having their meetings which are both useful and successful for information sharing, it would seem that Parcelforce Worldwide believe that this is were the working together ends, as they then go off and try to do as they wish without CWU involvement at National/Regional level.

Scotland & N.Ireland Regional Parcels Committee (Withdrawn)


95 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the Table of Success initiative started by the CWU is a great success and should be continued and allowed to develop. The success of the initiative unfortunately is not as widely known by the membership as we would like and as such the National Officer is instructed to highlight the success and initiative gained through the various channels open to him.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly

Northern Regional Parcels Committee (Accepted)


96 CATEGORY A:

Conference agrees that Britain has experienced an increase in extreme weather conditions in the past year this has led to some of our Parcelforce Worldwide members being unable to attend work safely. Parcelforce Worldwide operates an un-agreed severe weather policy to deal with these circumstances, Conference agrees this is not in best interests of our members, therefore the Postal Executive is instructed to seek agreement with Parcelforce Worldwide on a joint policy going forward to deal with such circumstances in the future.

London and South East Parcel Committee (Fell)


97 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that with the new Screwfix contract and the growth in other heavy and large contracts Parcelforce are bringing in, that all staff should receive regular and updated manual handling training. This training should be given to any driver, owner-driver, loaders, unloaders and callers staff; if agency staff, owner-driver substitutes are used they should be vetted for all relevant training. Furthermore all new entrants should be given this training before handling any parcels.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Merseyside Amal (Accepted)


98 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to set up a JWP to examine the ever increasing use of third party couriers, such as UK Express, by Parcelforce Worldwide. These third party couriers are not only being used to carry out C&D work but are being used to perform work that is traditionally carried out by our Network colleagues.

The JWP should examine such things as why Parcelforce continue to use these

Couriers when they are clearly breaking the law by driving vehicles that are

overweight, breaking the speed limits and are not adhering to any drivers hours

(either domestic, EU or even the RTD) and what Parcelforce's legal liabilities are

regarding these couriers, bearing in mind they set out the time windows the couriers have to work to.

The ultimate aim of the JWP should be to get as much of the work being carried out by couriers back to in-house to be carried out legally by our own members.

Scotland & N.Ireland Regional Parcels Committee (Carried)


99 CATEGORY A:

This Conference recognises that recruitment of C&D drivers within Parcelforce Worldwide in certain areas of the Country remains a difficulty. The lack of recruitment is leading to the continuing problem of external resources filling

CWU jobs. Therefore the Postal Executive is instructed to jointly seek a long term solution to the recruitment issue within Parcelforce Worldwide.

Kent Invicta (Carried)


100 CATEGORY A:

This Conference recognises, that Parcelforce Worldwide are placing a greater emphasise on security at Depot and Hub level, therefore the Postal Executive is instructed to reach agreement on a Code of Practice as soon as possible.

Kent Invicta (Accepted)


101 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to instruct the National Officer to enter into negotiations with Parcelforce Worldwide with a view of seeking an agreement that all C&D work, either current or future, carried out by Royal Mail on behalf of Parcelforce Worldwide be included in the 25% outsourcing figure as contained within the Mixed Resourcing Agreement.

Scotland & N.Ireland Regional Parcels Committee (Withdrawn)


102 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that Parcelforce are now experiencing their best ever quality figures for both delivery and customer services. As part of that process we have been working towards reducing our reliance on outside sources by bringing work back in-house by utilising new technology and capacity. The National Officer is instructed to reach an agreement to bring further work back in-house primarily in our customer services and contact centres to safeguard both quality and jobs.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Northern Regional Parcels Committee (Carried)


103 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that most Parcelforce policies currently being used in depots across the UK are outside of any National Agreements and as such are not recognised by the CWU. The National Officer is instructed to enter into urgent talks to reach suitable changes on those policy statements to fall in line with our current National Agreements or negotiate new agreements to cover off those that can't.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Merseyside Amal (Withdrawn)


104 CATEGORY A:

Conference agrees that the role of Debriefer in Parcelforce as been changed by the introduction of the Exceptions Reporting System, these changes are not benefiting our members or the business, therefore the Postal Executive is instructed to seek agreement with Parcelforce on defining the role of the depot de-briefer.

Kent Invicta (Carried)


105 CATEGORY C:

This Conference agrees that the financial climate should not be allowed to undermine the agreed natural progression of new entrants into the parcels business. The National Officer is instructed to enter into talks to reaffirm the current CWU policy; furthermore the Unit Reps and Regional Organisers are also instructed to enter into talks with their respective managers on the issue.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Merseyside Amal (Withdrawn)


106 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that as part of the reps role under the Blueprint Agreement it is important the rep has the confidence to do the role, it is important that the National Officer at the earliest opportunity provides suitable training to all new reps and refresher training to those reps that might need it before the autumn pressure period.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Northern Regional Parcels Committee (Carried)


107 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the training of CWU Representatives within Parcelforce Worldwide must be a priority to ensure our representatives are fully equipped to perform their roles. The Training must be specifically tailored around agreements within Parcelforce any training must include the ability for the Parcelforce Regional Organisers to be active in its delivery.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

London & South East Parcel Committee (Withdrawn)


108 CATEGORY A:

This Conference notes with disappointment that the terms of motion 119 submitted to Conference last year were not adhered to. It appears that the motion has been ignored by the Clerical and Cash Handling Department. No meeting of National HR Service Reps has taken place and no recruitment campaign has taken place to date.

Conference agrees that an immediate recruitment drive will take place in HR

Services and that a national meeting of Reps at these sites will be called to kick start this campaign. The National meeting must take place before 27/08/2010.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal


NOTE BY SOC

Motion 119 (2009)

Conference agrees that an immediate recruitment drive will take place in HR Services and that a national meeting of the Reps at these sites will be called to kick-start this campaign.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly .


109 CATEGORY A: COMPOSITE MOTION

This Conference agrees that the Union needs a comprehensive

strategy and policy to ensure a sustainable future for the Crown Office

Network beyond the expiry of the guarantee in 2011.

Further, Conference recognises that a sustainable future and,

therefore, job security can only be achieved through an increase of

revenue from government services and sales, the growth of new

financial products, and a Network of Crown Office that will be able to

deliver these priorities in the 21 st Century.

Conference also supports a policy whereby the workforce is

continually upskilled including FSA accreditation to support the

development of new financial services with appropriate reward.

However, it is recognised that not all members have been able or

willing to keep pace with the scale of changes that have occurred

therefore a policy of development, coaching and support remains a

cornerstone of Union policy to assist members .

Taking into account the above, the Executive Council is required to

open negotiations with POL on the following:

• Full CWU involvement in the development of the next Business

Plan.

• An agreement on the size, reach and shape of a Crown Office

Network that will be relevant to the social and economic needs of

Britain whilst maximising the protection of jobs throughout the country. Such an agreement will be underpinned by a 5 year guarantee of stability.

Whilst the Union remains opposed to franchising – any attempt by

the business to franchise Crown Offices will be resisted and TUPE

must apply to protect jobs and terms and conditions.

• A long term job security agreement'.

• The development of new financial services.

• The expansion of local and national government services, including

developing the applications of AEI.

• Career development for all employees including further up-skilling,

and wherever appropriate, accreditation with appropriate

remuneration.

• A sympathetic voluntary exit strategy with financial support that

allows for members that do not wish to remain in the role to leave

the Business with dignity.

The Postal Executive Council is instructed accordingly.

Greater Manchester

Birmingham District Amal

Plymouth and East Cornwall Amal


110 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the recent Industrial Relations Framework will provide a strong foundation to ensure first class representation to all POL members in the coming years.

Conference also agrees the importance of recruiting and retaining representatives to ensure that this first class representation will continue well into the future.

Conference therefore asks the National Officer to enter discussions with POL with the aim to develop the role of the Deputy Area Rep to include substituting

for the Area Rep when the AR is absent for 3 days or more e.g. when on annual leave or sick absence.

Greater Manchester


111 CATEGORY A:

This Conference acknowledges the completion of the National Permanent Duty Review Agreement programme, but also notes that, in many offices, agreed duties cannot be operated adequately owing to staffing shortages (e.g. vacancies, sick absence, maternity leave etc.) and budgetary restrictions on recruitment and overtime.

The PEC is therefore instructed to pursue these issues with POL management as a matter of urgency, in order to secure the extra resources necessary to meet the Business duty of care towards its staff and provide acceptable service standards to the public.

London North Western C&C


112 CATEGORY A :

This Conference agrees that whenever a part time staff member increases his or her hours, then that individual shall be given a new permanent contract by POL from the agreed start date of any duty review. Additionally, this policy shall also apply to any individual who increases hours when a colleague has agreed to reduce hours correspondingly.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

London North Western C&C