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NETWORK REVIEW 2017

14 Mar 2017, 18:01

No. 155/2017

14th March 2017

For the Immediate Attention of All:

Postal Branches
Divisional Representatives
LGV Representatives


NETWORK REVIEW 2017

Dear Colleagues

Branches and representatives will be aware that the last Network Review (Network 15) was deployed in January 2016.

Recent discussions have been taking place with the business in relation to Network Review 17 which has culminated in the attached Joint Statement being concluded to enable this activity to commence. You will be aware that in previous years we have agreed a staged process for the revision commencing with a joint data gathering process and the Network Review 17 process remains unchanged in this respect.

Discussions have however highlighted that there is a necessity to recognise the impact in relation to the introduction of the Professionalising Area Distribution (PAD) activity since the Network 15 revision activity and the following paragraph has therefore been included in this regard:

It is agreed that the review will be based on the current RDC and VOC Network, including any 17t mini VOC’s established prior to the round of 2016/17 Area Distribution PAD Revisions. Both parties recognise that the PAD Revisions have created a number of new 17t Mini VOC's and to ensure that the PAD revisions remain robust, such sites be excluded from the National Network Review on this occasion. Where mini VOC's are included in the revision they will be considered to be standalone units and any changes/proposals emerging from the review which affect the mini VOC will be considered and progressed at that site.

Equally, the Joint Statement also recognises that customer commitments may exist in relation to the ‘Commercialisation of Empty Leg’ activity and as such this will be provided for in line with the following:

It is recognised that an extensive joint working has been undertaken in relation to the Commercialisation of Empty Legs and as such it is agreed that the planning activity in relation to the Network 17 review will take account of this. Contractual arrangements have been concluded with a number of customers on regular utilisation of Royal Mail empty legs to convey commercial loads.

The revision activity will therefore ensure that availability is built into revised duty sets in order to continue to fulfil existing customer commitments in this regard. It is also accepted that we monitor the impact on the empty legs currently with the capacity brokers, as any review would need to ensure the opportunities currently available should be captured going forward to ensure we maintain availability in this field.

Branches will note that it is reaffirmed that the revisions will support both current Workplan arrangements, including current scheduled Delivery Office arrival times and our joint Ambitions & Growth agendas.

As with the previous Network Review Joint Statements the process fully recognises the role of the CWU at all levels and ensures that any operational savings are recorded for potential consideration in ongoing incentive discussions.

The proposed date for National deployment is June 2017 and as such it is essential that the process is launched to ensure that the Stage 1 Data Gathering can commence and representatives are requested to engage with management accordingly.

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: 233.12

Yours sincerely


Davie Robertson
Assistant Secretary
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NETWORK REVIEW 2017

14 Mar 2017, 18:02

JOINT STATEMENT BETWEEN RM LOGISTICS AND THE CWU ON THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE 2017 NATIONAL NETWORK REVISION


Introduction

The Agenda for Growth Agreement commits both Royal Mail and the CWU to working together to transform business operations, building on the mutual interest processes. Both parties are working to develop and establish improved, constructive working relationships, effective interfaces and the continued development of a mutual interest culture at all levels within RM Logistics. A key indication of the effectiveness of these efforts has been the successful deployment of National Network Revisions. This agreement aims to build on the successes and refine the processes used for Network revisions based on our collective experience.


Background

Royal Mail Logistics and the CWU agree that we have a collective interest in reaching a successful deployment of this Network revision. Both parties recognise that if a proposed target of deployment in early June 2017 is to be met, activity will have to be undertaken at pace and will require a positive and pragmatic approach.

Any adjustment to the external customer requirements or internal business operational footprint during the review will have to be factored in and considered in respect of a robust Network operation. Both parties reaffirm that the revisions will support both current workplan arrangements, including current scheduled Delivery Office arrival times and our joint Ambitions & Growth agendas.

Where any workload proposed for inclusion in the review has migrated from existing Regional Logistics/Area Distribution services, Royal Mail Logistics commit to identify this to the CWU Nationally at Stage 2 of the process and equally ensure that concurrent notice of the intention to transfer the workload is given in the appropriate functions to ensure that timely discussions can take place in line with the IR Framework, ‘Future of Area Distribution’ and 17t deployment agreements.


Mini VOC's

It is agreed that the review will be based on the current RDC and VOC Network, including any 17t mini VOC’s established prior to the round of 2016/17 Area Distribution PAD Revisions. Both parties recognise that the PAD Revisions have created a number of new 17t Mini VOC's and to ensure that the PAD revisions remain robust, such sites be excluded from the National Network Review on this occasion. Where mini VOC's are included in the revision they will be considered to be standalone units and any changes/proposals emerging from the review which affect the mini VOC will be considered and progressed at that site. Equally, this revision will ensure that where such solutions are either in place or required that the employees providing any 17t and above services are on the full Professional Network Driver terms and conditions.


Commercialisation of Empty Legs

It is recognised that an extensive joint working has been undertaken in relation to the Commercialisation of Empty Legs and as such it is agreed that the planning activity in relation to the Network 17 review will take account of this. Contractual arrangements have been concluded with a number of customers on regular utilisation of Royal Mail empty legs to convey commercial loads.

The revision activity will therefore ensure that availability is built in to revised duty sets in order to continue to fulfil existing customer commitments in this regard.


Vehicle Scheduling
Network Scheduling tools such as Paragon have been used in previous reviews. In the event that new scheduling tools (e.g. Quintiq) are agreed for deployment during the course of this activity, all members of the Network Working Group will be given full training prior to its use in this review process. In addition local representatives will also be given familiarisation and training to support the local deployment processes at Stage 3 of the Network review process.

The following staged process for the progression of this revision activity has been agreed as follows.


The Process

The process will be conducted over 4 stages.

Where there is a concern or issue regarding the interpretation and/or the application of this agreement then the issue should be referred to the Network Working Group (NWG) for assistance.

The role of the CWU representatives within these processes is fully recognised, as is the requirement for appropriate release in order for them to meaningfully prepare, participate and obtain the views of their members. It is agreed that in line with the IR Framework, CWU representatives undertaking this work will not suffer financial loss. To this end it is agreed that local managers will facilitate this release and that all reasonable requests for release will be agreed.

Management and CWU representatives will agree locally, on a weekly basis, the period of the release required.


Stages

1. Launch of a joint local data gathering exercise and collection of current state data at each VOC/mini VOC. This activity should provide a robust baseline as a reference for analysis of the Paragon/Quintiq outputs.

A non-binding preference exercise to be run at appropriate VOC’s/mini VOC’s as determined by the Network Working Group.

2. The NWG will carry out generic analysis of Paragon/Quintiq “first cut” outputs; identify high impact or problem sites. At this stage the Group will look to aid the development of local, area and National scope/solutions which may form a counter proposal for deployment. Where appropriate the Group will consider the utilisation of Paragon/Quintiq in the formulation of such options. The NWG will then make a representation to the National Logistics Steering Group (NLSG) regarding the status of issues. An agreed National deployment date will be targeted. It is anticipated that the deployment date will allow sufficient time for local negotiations and re-signs to conclude prior to deployment in line with above.

3. Local negotiations to take place in line with existing agreements.

4. NWG to commence work on future National Network revision process and approach for recommendation to NLSG.


Stage One

Local managers, local planners and CWU representatives will jointly collate and sign off a site specific information pack. The scope and details of the data to be gathered will be agreed with the NWG in line with Network 12. This information will be used to assist the planning process and provide a reliable reference point for the assessment of first cut plans and deployment issues.

In addition a non-binding preference exercise may be deployed where appropriate.

The expectation is that this process should be concluded over a two week period.


Stage Two

The NWG will review the first cut planning outputs to assess and where possible anticipate potential problem sites and look at the potential solutions. These potential solutions may not necessarily be restricted by individual unit or area boundaries but will always seek to maximise business efficiency whilst reconciling job and standard of living security. It is expected to conclude this process in two weeks where a status report/update will be advised to the NLSG. This stage will also include a ‘check in’ session with the NLSG to ensure Ambition and Growth activity is not being compromised by the suggested first cut planning.


Stage Three

Local negotiations will commence in line with this agreed revision process and the IR Framework including the use of mediation as appropriate. The NWG will support this process and be available to help conclude local/area solutions.

A traffic light process will be deployed to monitor progress and identify at the earliest opportunity potential problem sites. Implementation of the revisions at all sites will take place on the same day coordinated by the NWG.

This negotiation process should be concluded at pace within two weeks in line with the IR Framework. Re-signs will then commence at all sites to be concluded by the National implementation date. Re-signs should be conducted in line with the process contained in Annex A.


Stage Four

The NWG will review the effectiveness of the above process and assess opportunities to refine the approach for future revision activity.

The methodology for this piece of work will be based on the ACAS guide to problem solving and will allow relevant expertise to be used where the NWG agree it would be beneficial.

When a joint recommendation has been developed it will be jointly presented to the NLSG for ratification and agreement. The process will then become the agreed approach to Network revisions going forward.

Any questions of interpretation, implementation or application of this agreed way forward shall be referred to the signatories of this agreement for resolution via the IR Framework and the Agenda for Growth, Industrial Stability Process.

Euan McMurdo Davie Roberston
Logistics Director Assistant Secretary
Royal Mail CWU


Date: 13th March 2017
ANNEX A


Network Revision ‘Programme of Works’ – Re-sign Process

When Stage 3 of this Joint Statement has been achieved arrangements should be made where necessary to commence a re-sign of duties. Re-signs will be conducted in line with existing National Agreements.

Where agreed duty structures at any site have resulted in a surplus being declared and people’s processes at such sites have identified transferees or where a transfer to another VOC has been agreed then these individuals should be included in re-signs at the receiving office, even if this is in advance of their substantive move.

Where the re-sign process can be completed in full prior to the National implementation date, all individuals will take up their new duty/rotation from that date.


Contingency Arrangements

While it is anticipated that the National implementation date will allow sufficient time to conclude the re-sign process, past experience has indicated that circumstances can occur where re-signs run past the implementation date. In such circumstances the following contingency arrangements should apply.

Where due to annual leave a full re-sign cannot be completed prior to the National implementation date the following process should apply:

Normal re-sign arrangements should progress until process stalls due to leave commitments. On the National implementation date those individuals who have successfully selected a duty/rotation as part of the re-sign will take it up.

All remaining individuals should participate in a temporary resourcing process. This may take the form of either a best match exercise placing individuals on attendances similar to their current duties
or

by individuals selecting from the remaining available duties following the implementation of the revision and thereafter on a weekly basis in seniority order until the conclusion of the full re-sign.

The exact nature and application of the temporary resourcing process should be agreed locally.

The re-sign process will continue as individuals return to work with subsequent successful applicants taking up their duty/rotation from the start of the next week prior to the next temporary resourcing process.

The temporary resourcing process should be progressed as a joint initiative to enable re-signs to be completed in the most expedient manner and to fully assist in the temporary resourcing process.

Notwithstanding the contingencies detailed above the efforts of all parties should be focused upon completing the re-sign in advance of the new duty structures being deployed.

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