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LTB 221/18 - Delivery Office Closures/Mergers - Current Agreement Review

16 Apr 2018, 13:49

LTB 221/18 - Delivery Office Closures/Mergers - Current Agreement Review





No. 221/2018

Monday 16th April 2018

Delivery Office Closures/Mergers – Current Agreement Review

Dear Colleagues,

Branches will be aware that the recently endorsed Four Pillars of Security & Pay National Agreement contains the following paragraphs in relation to section 19.3 New Delivery Agreement;

“…Future changes to the delivery function and the ways of working will be derived from the trial activity and from the delivery office visits, with the outputs incorporated into a new National Delivery Agreement aiming for planned introduction commencing early 2019, during this period all existing National Agreements, Joint Statements and Guidelines will be applied. The following principles will be contained within it:….”

A review of the existing Delivery Office Closures/Mergers Agreement in relation to closures and mergers, and how this fits with the overall discussions and debate around efficiency and providing excellent customer service, whilst also taking into account the impact on customers and employees affected.
Therefore in order to prepare for commencement of the review as outlined in the paragraph above and also to gain as much feedback as possible to assist these talks and this review, Branches are requested to write into the department or produce reports in regards to where they believe the current Nationally agreed process can be improved upon and revised. These reports can also be coordinated through the Divisional representatives.

This may include issues such as CWU involvement, timescales, and ability to influence Royal Mail’s proposals, issues of disclosure, use of the IR Framework and processes, Health & Safety compliance, welfare provision and regard, and any other relevant factors which can be taken into consideration. However this does not preclude any other relevant issues Branches may wish to consider as part of the review.

It is important to stress that in line with the above; the current DO closure/merger National agreement holds the field and should continue to be followed in any such current or future proposals until the review outcome is finalised.

Any responses to this LTB are requested by 15th May 2018 if possible. Any queries to the content of the above, please contact the Outdoor Department, reference 230.03, email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Baulch

CWU Assistant Secretary

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LTB 221/18 - Delivery Office Closures/Mergers - Current Agreement Review

16 Apr 2018, 14:10

Realistically I think that any DO that can't handle 17 tonners will be at risk of closure

LTB 221/18 - Delivery Office Closures/Mergers - Current Agreement Review

16 Apr 2018, 16:38

Basically get ready for the biggest CULL in RM history. No more (bus fare/extra travel) money for 3 years for moving office of workplace. Do this or that or your out. Length of service will go for nothing. Mail centres will be fully staffed by anguard/casuals within 5/6 years. Walks WILL go out to tender, just like parcel force runs already have. We told the union in 95 when they gave us scanners for firms and emptying boxes that the RM would use the times on them to hit us with more work. Oh no no no said the union, it's all for quality. Aye, look how that worked out. Maybe you'd wonder why somebody like me gives a toss as I'm no longer there. But I and many before me hit the cobbles to get or keep some of the allowances that you still get and I hate seeing the way that a once great strong union has went downhill. A change at the top needs to happen or it's finnished. Always remember that after a few days people don't get bills, hospital appointments ECT ECT and even though the internet is used,, it wouldn't take long for the management to back down from pressure from government. Not to be militant and ask for unreal wages but just to be able to go to work without worying about the bullying and stress that a lot of posties get every day for just working there hours of being pulled in to be told that there not good enough, due to the runners and none meal relief takers. Enough is enough.

LTB 221/18 - Delivery Office Closures/Mergers - Current Agreement Review

16 Apr 2018, 18:40

Navalron wrote:Mail centres will be fully staffed by anguard/casuals within 5/6 years. Walks WILL go out to tender, just like parcel force runs already have.


I wouldn't be surprised to see RM look at automating a lot of sorting in MCs in the long term including sequencing flats and letters together and a machine to sort packets to walks. Possibly if they could automate all flat and letter sorting then they might do away with DOs as they are now and a computer will plan your walk for you and if they barcoded everything then they might monitor your performance when out on delivery

LTB 221/18 - Delivery Office Closures/Mergers - Current Agreement Review

17 Apr 2018, 16:09

SpacePhoenix wrote:
Navalron wrote:Mail centres will be fully staffed by anguard/casuals within 5/6 years. Walks WILL go out to tender, just like parcel force runs already have.


I wouldn't be surprised to see RM look at automating a lot of sorting in MCs in the long term including sequencing flats and letters together and a machine to sort packets to walks. Possibly if they could automate all flat and letter sorting then they might do away with DOs as they are now and a computer will plan your walk for you and if they barcoded everything then they might monitor your performance when out on delivery


What'd save huge amounts in a MC is mechanical mail transfer in site. So unload each york of trays as it comes off the lorry onto a T2K-style conveyor that reads the code and directs it to the right machine, reverse for mail out. Of course that would require investment and thought, something woefully lacking.

The new packet machines are hardly fit for purpose sorting all mail to DO level, good luck getting them to walk level.

Joint sequencing of letters and flats would mean all the CSS machines need to be stripped out of DOs and replaced with something bigger, how many have room? Or that work taken back to MCs with the commensurate effect on mail arrival times at DOs.

LTB 221/18 - Delivery Office Closures/Mergers - Current Agreement Review

17 Apr 2018, 16:57

swindonandy wrote:What'd save huge amounts in a MC is mechanical mail transfer in site. So unload each york of trays as it comes off the lorry onto a T2K-style conveyor that reads the code and directs it to the right machine, reverse for mail out. Of course that would require investment and thought, something woefully lacking.

Probably only viable in larger MCs where they have the room for separate inward and outward setups

swindonandy wrote:The new packet machines are hardly fit for purpose sorting all mail to DO level, good luck getting them to walk level.

Don't know who makes the current packet sorting machines but Solystic make:

https://www.solystic.com/ecommerce-packet-sorting

and

https://www.solystic.com/b2c-delivery-p ... e-robotics

I wouldn't be surprised if RM were to look at something like https://www.solystic.com/manual-sorting-assistance for use in both MCs and DOs

swindonandy wrote:Joint sequencing of letters and flats would mean all the CSS machines need to be stripped out of DOs and replaced with something bigger, how many have room? Or that work taken back to MCs with the commensurate effect on mail arrival times at DOs.


https://www.solystic.com/mixed-mail-sorting

The newer generation of CSS machines (afaik RM hasn't got any) can be retrofitted to sequence flats and letters together

LTB 221/18 - Delivery Office Closures/Mergers - Current Agreement Review

17 Apr 2018, 18:26

That looks like the machine that Exeter put in as a trial to save sorting their flats at Bristol and AFAIK has been declared a bit of a failure.

Even if it were rolled out that'd mean the closure of every MPU and roll back of mail arrival times as how many MPUs could fit more than one of them?

Plus most MCs won't have floor capacity for the number of units required to even match current CSS/LMS walksequence/T2K Walksort.

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