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LTB 601/16 - AGREEMENT BETWEEN PFW AND THE CWU ON THE PERFORMANCE OF MINOR REPAIRS BY PARCELFORCE WORLDWIDE DRIVERS

13 Oct 2016, 15:12

LTB 601/16 - AGREEMENT BETWEEN PFW AND THE CWU ON THE PERFORMANCE OF MINOR REPAIRS BY PARCELFORCE WORLDWIDE DRIVERS

No. 601/2016

13th October 2016

For the Immediate Attention of All:

Postal Branches with Parcelforce Members

Parcelforce Regional Organisers

Parcelforce Representatives

Fleet and Maintenance Services Representatives

Area Health & Safety Representatives

AGREEMENT BETWEEN PARCELFORCE WORLDWIDE AND THE COMMUNICATION WORKERS UNION ON THE PERFORMANCE OF MINOR REPAIRS BY PARCELFORCE WORLDWIDE DRIVERS

Dear Colleagues

Branches and representatives are advised that the department, through the Table of Success Transport Working Group, has been in discussions with the business to enable Parcelforce drivers to undertake minor vehicle repairs when necessary, as already occurs within other RMG functions.

An agreement has now been achieved in relation to this issue and is attached for information purposes.

Colleagues will note that:



The agreement covers minor vehicle repairs to Parcelforce vehicles only and has not been extended to hire vehicles as was the case with RMSS.
An agreed training package will be provided on a specific range of agreed minor repairs by experienced Fleet and Maintenance Services technical staff who hold the relevant Train the Trainer qualifications.
The final decision on whether to attempt a minor vehicle repair will rest solely with the Parcelforce driver.
There will be no liability or referral to Parcelforce HR Procedures for damage caused to or by a vehicle resulting from a previously trained driver attempting an agreed repair using the appropriate minor repair routine.
When strictly following the Safe Systems of Work the range of vehicle minor repair tasks that can be undertaken by a trained Parcelforce driver are as follows:

Light Bulbs – All accessible light bulbs
Fuses – Changing a like for like rated fuse (on a single occasion)
Wiper Blades – Accessible wiper blades
Mirrors – Fitting of “stick on” self-adhesive backed replacement mirror glasses (excluding 7.5t vehicles or above)


Any changes to the agreed list above or extension of tasks to new vehicles will be subject to joint review and agreement at National level which will be led by Fleet and Maintenance Services.

The importance of adherence to relevant safety documentation, ‘Safe Repair Area’ requirements, authorised tools etc. are clearly stipulated in the agreement.

Any additional time used by drivers to undertake minor repair tasks in excess of their normal duty span, will be recorded on the day and recompense will be made in cash or time in lieu at the end of each week. The effectiveness of the agreement will be subject to ongoing joint review at periods of three months.

The department would like to extend its thanks to the members of the Transport Working Group for their assistance in relation to these discussions.

Branches and representatives are requested to ensure that our RMSS members are made aware of this LTB and the attached agreement at the earliest opportunity.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: dwyatt@cwu.org or shayman@cwu.org quoting reference number: 133.01.

Yours sincerely

Davie Robertson

Assistant Secretary
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