CWU postal Conference 2010
Motions (1-55)


1 CATEGORY A:

This Conference notes with concern that the structure for management of engineering elements within Mail Centres could lead to an additional

workload for MTL's. Conference therefore instructs the PEC to enter into discussions with Royal Mail to ensure that any enhanced workload is properly remunerated.

Meridian (Withdrawn)


2 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the current Quadrant Productivity Bonus is now failing to deliver the kind of financial rewards which was expected on its introduction, therefore Conference agrees that an immediate review of the

Quadrant Productivity Bonus scheme must take place.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Kent Invicta (Accepted)


3 CATEGORY C: “ IN CAMERA”

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to seek an agreement on

Quadrant Pay on the following lines:-

1 Obtain the maximum pay increase possible.

2. Increase in the London Weighting payment.

3. Any pay increase shall flow through to all overtime and allowances.

4. Reduction of the working week to 35 net working hours.

5. All increases to be fully Pensionable.

6. Increase Full Paid Maternity Leave from 40 weeks to 1 Year.

7. Continue to progress policy on child care, carers, and family friendly

provisions as part of the pay agreement.

8. The introduction of a Healthcare package for Quadrant Members. This list is not exhaustive.

If negotiations are not completed by 1 st July 2011 the Postal Executive shall consider

implementing a ballot of the membership under National Rule 13.

Kent Invicta (Accepted)


4 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the Parcelforce Special

Responsibility Allowance should be paid for fifty two weeks per year and that this

policy will be pursued during future pay negotiations.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal (Withdrawn)


5 CATEGORY A:

This Conference notes that it is a prerequisite to employment

at Bangor Customer Service Centre, for individuals to be fluent in Welsh and English.

This means that all CWU graded employees at Bangor are required to be more

skilled before employment, than their colleagues at other call centres.

This higher skill has to be recognised.

Therefore Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to secure the payment

of a language allowance for all CWU employees at Bangor Customer Service Centre by the end of September 2010.

North Wales and Marches (Carried)


6 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to

negotiate with Parcelforce Worldwide the introduction of a Special Responsibility

Allowance payment for the AIG duties, this is due to the increased responsibility

being placed upon that duty since the introduction of the GX product range.

Glasgow and District Amal (Withdrawn)


7 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to negotiate an agreement with Fleet & Maintenance Services that introduces a daily allowance for Technicians that work predominately on trailers or vehicles over 7.5tonnes.

Scotland MT (Withdrawn)


8 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to negotiate with Parcelforce the following for all Parcelforce Worldwide grades:-

1) An attendance allowance for good attendance.

2) To seek the re-introduction of improved holiday payments.

Glasgow and District Amal (Withdrawn)


9 CATEGORY A: If carried 12 Falls

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that Conference agrees that because of the forthcoming changes to the Saturday Attendances it is now

imperative that the PEC begin negotiations for the introduction of a Saturday Attendance Allowance.

Scotland No.2 (Withdrawn)


10 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to secure an agreement that Parcelforce employees retain the payment of allowances when absent due to a non-culpable accident on duty or dog attack.

South, Central Wales and West Regional Parcels Committee (Not Carried)


11 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to

negotiate with Parcelforce Worldwide an increase in both levels of driving allowance, this increase should also take into account that drivers may be requested to attend at weekends therefore, any increase achieved should be reflected in the daily allowance.

Glasgow and District Amal (Not Carried)


12 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that

with Royal Mail's proposals for Saturday attendances to be consistent with weekday attendances, a Saturday allowance should be negotiated to compensate members due to the impact this would have on their family lives.

Merseyside Amal (Not Carried)


13 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to negotiate an agreement around special payments (in line with previous Valentines

Day & Mothers Day Agreements) for weekends where there are traditionally higher levels of traffic than normal.

Scotland & N.Ireland Regional Parcels Committee (Carried)


14 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to

secure an agreement that Parcelforce employees with less than twelve months

service, that are involved in a non-culpable accident on duty or dog attack receive

full sick pay and allowances should they have to be absent from work as a result.

South, Central Wales and West Regional Parcels Committee (Not Carried)


15 CATEGORY A:

That this Conference agrees that the current Parcelforce

Worldwide Pay Directive relating to the frequency of the payment of the 7.5t driving allowance to the reserve drivers of these vehicles is not in the best interests of those reserve drivers.

This Conference therefore, instructs the National Officer to enter into negotiations

with Parcelforce Worldwide to have the 7.5t weekly driving allowance made payable

to the 7.5t reserve drivers for as long as they remain 7.5t reserve drivers or for the remainder of the reference period of the time, whichever is greater.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Scotland & N.Ireland Regional Parcels Committee (Not Carried)


16 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees to actively promote equality of pensions within Royal Mail group.

Conference notes that the CWU membership rejected, by consultative ballot, all

changes by Executive Action taken by Royal Mail to the Pension Scheme.

Conference notes that pensions for all members are deteriorating and are not comparable to the pension of senior postmen and women. Conference also notes

that this is divisive and not in the best interest of all members old and young. Conference deplores the fact that Royal Mail have made changes by Executive Action and that there has been a complete lack of leadership and fight against these changes from the CWU. Conference instructs PEC to use all means at their disposal, including the use of media such as the CWU websites, literature, courses, WTL's to allow massive publicity and to motivate the CWU membership in fighting for equal pensions. Conference therefore instructs PEC to fight for a final salary pension scheme for all.

South Central No.1 (Not Carried)


17 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the CWU will not agree to the principle of ‘winners and losers' with respect to pay and conditions in any future agreements.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal (Not Carried Card Vote)


18 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that any National Agreement on a Shorter Working Week in Royal Mail must include:

1. Achievement of the goal of a 35 hour gross Shorter Working Week, or;

2. Gross Shorter Working Week of less than 40 hours as movement towards this goal.

This must be on the basis of:

1. No loss of pay and;

2. The retention of fully paid Meal Relief breaks.

Bradford and District Amal (Not Carried)


19 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that any further reduction in the working week shall not reduce any MDEC allowances.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

North West Central Amal (Accepted)


20 CATEGORY A: If Carried 21 , 22 , 23 , Comp 25 and 26 Fall

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that where ever possible any future agreements reached between the Union and the respective Businesses will avoid the use of pro-rata payments for less than full time members of the Union. This is to ensure that whatever financial benefits that may be negotiated do not, by default, disadvantage part time members.

Shropshire and Mid Wales (Withdrawn)


21 CATEGORY A: If Carried 24 and 26 Fall

This Conference agrees that there is now an urgent need to address ourselves to the issue of pay and conditions for part time members in Royal Mail.

For too long the pro-rata argument has been used by Royal Mail as an excuse to exploit part time workers in Royal Mail. Conference notes that this is not the position in all Royal Mail Group Businesses and in Post Office Limited for instance, part time employees broadly speaking get bonus and annual leave commensurate with the average of hours worked in a reference period.

Conference therefore agrees that the principle of applying bonus and annual leave payments etc being based on average hours worked will now be the policy of the CWU and must be factored into any further talks with Royal Mail on pay and reward.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Western Counties (Carried)


22 CATEGORY A: If Carried 23 Falls

This Conference agrees that our part-time members are still being discriminated

against because shift payments and TPM money are still being paid to them on a pro-rata basis. A part-time worker who works from 18.00 to 22.00 on the late shift still works the same number of unsociable hours as a full time worker who works 14.00 to 22.00, but only receives half the shift payment, under the old NDA scheme both part time and full time workers would have received the same payment. The same is true of the TPM allowance; a full time worker who performs a 40 minute meal relief on an IMP would receive the full TPM allowance while a part time worker who works a full four hour shift on the IMP would only receive half of the TPM payment.

We call upon the PEC to look into this imbalance and redress this inequality with the employer.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Greater Manchester (Carried)


23 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that the payment of pro-rata allowances to part time employees is not in the best interests of our part time members.

Therefore Conference instructs the Postal Executive to achieve the equalisation of allowance payments in all cases where the trigger for payment is equal to that of their full time counterparts e.g. attendance criteria and work load requirement.

Eastern No.3 (Fell)


24 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that

part time employees are continually disadvantaged by regularly working more than their contracted hours, whilst receiving no subsequent recompense in improved holiday pay.

Conference therefore instructs the PEC to negotiate an agreement that rewards part time employees with improved holiday pay based on average earnings.

Conference further instructs the PEC to explore every possible avenue of achieving the aims and objectives of this motion, whilst taking into account the complex legal issues involved.

Durham County Amal (Fell)


25 CATEGORY A: COMPOSITE MOTION

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that all future prorata

lump sums for part time members be based on the average number of hours worked over a defined period.

Newcastle Amal

Durham County Amal (Carried)


26 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that in any subsequent Pay & Conditions talks to replace the pro–rata bonus payments for staff, to one that gives equal bonus payments to all e.g. if a F/T gets £400 a part timer will receive the same.

York and District Amal (Withdrawn)


27 CATEGORY A: If Carried 29 Falls

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to improve the holiday

entitlements of all grades by 2014, using the following formula:-

1. On entry to 10 years service- 5 weeks paid holiday & all Bank Holidays.

2. 10-20 years service- 6 weeks paid holiday & all Bank Holidays.

3. 20 or more years service- 7 weeks paid holiday & all Bank Holidays.

York and District Amal (Withdrawn)


28 CATEGORY A :

This Conference notes that our members employed by

Romec as cleaning grades have difficulties in acquiring additional leave which would then allow them the same level of annual leave as their colleagues employed by Royal Mail.

Therefore Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to negotiate the

availability for our members employed by Romec to purchase additional annual leave up to the current leave entitlement to that of our members employed by Royal Mail as postal grade staff.

Eastern No.5 (Carried)


29 CATEGORY A :

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that Conference notes there has been no increase to Royal Mail Annual Leave since April 2000.

In April 2009 the Legal Minimum Statutory leave increased from 4.8 weeks (24

days) to 5.6 weeks (28 days).

Conference therefore calls on the PEC to negotiate an increase in the Annual Leave in line with at least the percentage increase in the Legal Statutory Leave. This policy should flow through to all Postal Group Businesses.

Scotland No.2 (Carried)


30 CATEGORY A: If Carried 33 Falls

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to actively secure an

agreement for the increases of rates of pay for all overtime. Rates of pay for all

overtime has increased only minimally for a number of years and are now only

slightly higher than basic pay. With possible changes under European Legislation to the amount of overtime that can be performed by the membership to the amount of overtime that can be performed by the membership, an increase is essential to protect our peoples take home pay, i.e. Scheduled Attendance, bank holiday and pressure.

This list is not exhaustive.

Merseyside Amal (Carried)


31 CATEGORY A: If Carried 84 Falls

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to negotiate an agreement that compensates members for rest days that coincides with non service days.

Newcastle Amal (Carried)


32 CATEGORY A :

This Conference recognises that under the Professional

Drivers Agreement, Network Drivers are required to work Bank Holidays as a normal attendance. Currently a driver that is required to attend on a Bank Holiday will have a days annual leave credited to their entitlement.

This motion instructs the National Officer to seek negotiations with Network

Management to secure the following:

• Future Bank Holiday attendances made by Network Drivers will have the additional choice of the hours attended to be paid at an enhanced rate for LGV

grades.

• The priority must be to seek this additional choice for the Christmas & New Year Bank Holiday attendances at a minimum.

Northamptonshire Amal (Carried)


33 CATEGORY C :

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that all overtime worked after the full time hourage has been reached will be paid at a rate not less than the basic hourly rate for that grade.

Cheshire No.1 Amal (Fell)


34 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to renegotiate PILON (Pay in Lieu of Notice) to include shift payments. The level of which will be up to a maximum of eight (8) weeks in line with the shift allowance section of the Way Forward Agreement.

Eastern No.5 (Not Carried)


35 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to negotiate with Royal Mail Group a system where employees can have a free health check on a regular basis if they so wish, this service to be free and in company time, this is being submitted in an effort to have a more wellbeing workforce and the benefits that this achieves to all, by alerting employees to potential health dangers.

York and District Amal (Accepted)


36 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to negotiate a formula for an exit package for staff between sixty four and a half and sixty five for those individuals who wish to voluntarily leave Royal Mail prior to their sixty fifth birthday. The terms being similar to PILON (Pay in Lieu of Notice) terms.

Eastern No.5 (Not Carried)


37 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to negotiate a deal with the business that incorporates the MGV Substitution paid to occasional drivers (as part of the Area Distribution Professional Drivers Agreement) into MTSF pay protection under any future duty revisions.

York and District Amal (Withdrawn)


38 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that in light of the fact that Royal Mail are moving to fewer Units, that when office closures are announced staff who voluntarily take an exit package shall be financially assisted by the business through paid release and/or funded courses. The Postal

Executive is therefore instructed to negotiate an agreement that creates a framework to assist such individuals.

Eastern No.5 (Carried)


39 CATEGORY A: “ IN CAMERA”

This Conference agrees that a vote of no confidence be placed upon CWU

National Officer Martin Collins in respect of his lack of leadership and reports to affected Branches currently engaged in the Mail Centre Rationalisation program.

Merseyside Amal (Not Carried)


40 CATEGORY A: “ IN CAMERA”

This Conference notes that Royal Mail are using an un-agreed method to persecute our members when they are on sick leave i.e. nuisance phone calls daily, 1 st day letters, 1 st week letters and stopping of members pay. This list is not exhaustive. Therefore Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to reach a fair and practicable strategy to deal with sick absence with the aim of removing the tactics that Royal Mail use to bully our members back to work, if no agreement can be reached by October 2010, then a National Ballot will be called for up to and including strike action.

Merseyside Amal (Withdrawn)


41 CATEGORY A: COMPOSITE MOTION

This Conference notes that return to work interviews under the Royal Mail

Attendance Procedure are now assuming increasing importance in the decision making processes, especially at Stage 3.

Conference therefore instructs the PEC to negotiate that members have a right to representation at such interviews.

South Wales/South West Division

Western Counties (Accepted)


42 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that the Royal Mail Attendance Procedure needs improving in the following ways:

1. The terminology used for different stages needs to be changed, in order to bring home the seriousness of falling below acceptable standards. In particular, the PEC shall secure agreement that the words ‘Formal Stage' will replace ‘Stage One', ‘Final Stage' will replace ‘Stage Two', and ‘Dismissal

Stage' will replace ‘Stage Three'.

2. Currently there is no appeal process until the Dismissal Stage within the Royal

Mail Attendance Procedure. It must be a priority of the PEC to gain agreement that employees will have the right to appeal against decisions at all stages of the Attendance Procedure.

Bradford and District Amal (Withdrawn)


43 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that the stress and anxiety caused by members being given awards against DDA related absences which would ‘normally be discounted' needs to be addressed.

The Royal Mail Attendance Procedure needs to be amended to include a mandatory medical referral at both stage one and stage two of the procedure. In many cases members who fall under the DDA are not having this taken into account until stage three of the procedure when an appeal facility is available.

Therefore the Royal Mail Attendance Procedure should be amended to include a mandatory medical report at stage one and stage two of the procedure in order to avoid this iniquitous position.

North Lancs and Cumbria (Withdrawn)


44 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that any future agreement covering Attendance within the Postal Industry shall include the following paragraph:

‘Any absence due to an illness recognised as either an epidemic or pandemic shall

not be counted toward the issuing of any stage warning under the procedure'.

Eastern No.5 (Carried)


45 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to recognise the concern that exists about the introduction of the ‘fit to work' certificate and therefore to ensure through negotiations with the business that the role of the

Rehabilitation Officer is properly recognised and they are given the opportunity to be fully involved in all cases where a doctor indicates that an individual should be

returning to work on anything other than full duties.

South East Divisional Committee (Carried)


46 CATEGORY C:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that the Royal Mail Attendance Procedure needs improving in the following way.

Currently there is no appeal process at stage 1 and stage 2 of the Attendance

Procedure, only during stage 3 of the Attendance Procedure, when it is normally too late, is there an appeal process.

It must be an absolute priority that the incoming Postal Executive gain an agreement that all employees covered under this Attendance Procedure shall have the right to appeal at all stages of this Attendance Procedure. At all levels of appeal the appeal must be held out of line.

South Central No.1 (Accepted)


47 CATEGORY A :

This Conference agrees that Conference policy concerning a review of the roles and responsibilities of the Postal Executive has still to be implemented. Conference therefore agrees that a full review is urgently held after this Conference in line with the previous policy.

The Postal Executive is instructed accordingly.

Bristol and District Amal (Carried)


48 CATEGORY A :

This Conference agrees that where an elected position covers more than one Branch e.g. Area Reps, that in addition to the issue of biographical details a 300 word election address will be distributed to all members within that voting constituency. This is in line with current practices for Divisional and EC elections.

Birmingham District Amal (Accepted)


49 CATEGORY A :

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive that the period of office for cross-branch Area Reps shall be two years, the Area Substitute shall be elected at the first meeting called by the Area Rep. This to commence from the next election.

South Yorkshire and District (Withdrawn)


50 CATEGORY A: COMPOSITE MOTION If Carried 51 , Comp 52 , 55 , 56 , 57 and 96 Fall

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to enter negotiations with Royal Mail Group concerning the unfair treatment of our members who are unable to attend for work during severe weather conditions and as a result suffer loss of pay or annual leave.

To this end the Postal Executive shall seek to negotiate an agreement to provide for payment of wages to be the default position in the event of inability to attend, due to severe weather.

Conference however recognises that the businesses will seek to examine whether such failure to attend is genuine and therefore agrees that any process for such examination must ensure that each case is dealt with on its own merits. Within such a process the businesses will be required to demonstrate why a person has not made any effort to get to work before any deduction of pay or annual leave can be considered.

This process must include an ability for the individual to attend an interview with an appropriate independent manager for consideration of the case at which the individual must have the right of CWU representation.

Meridian

South East Divisional Committee (Carried)


51 CATEGORY A: If carried Comp 52 , 55 , 56 , 57 and 96 Fall

This Conference deplores Royal Mail Group for its inclement weather policy which forces members through no fault of their own to take annual leave, work their time back or lose pay if they are unable to attend for work. Further recognising that this policy compromises members Health & Safety and Royal Mail Group's duty of care.

The PEC is therefore instructed to negotiate an agreement, which covers attending for work during severe weather conditions that takes into account individual circumstances and does not place the cost of bad weather entirely on the shoulders of members.

South Wales/South West Division (Fell)


52 CATEGORY A: COMPOSITE MOTION If carried 55 , 56 and 57 Fall

This Conference instructs the PEC to secure an agreement with Royal Mail

covering attendance during Severe Weather Conditions. This must include agreement that where Severe Weather Conditions lead to either:

1. Deliveries or Collections being cancelled or;

2. Members being unable to attend work, despite making reasonable attempts to attend their own workplace, or an alternative nearby office, under the terms of the ‘Attendance in a Transport Emergency' Postal Instruction.

(see Manual Rules 5G IV)

Then those members affected will not be penalised financially, nor will they be required to take annual leave, unpaid Special Leave ‘C', or work any ‘lost' hours back at a later date under any ‘claw back' or ‘banking of hours' arrangements.

Bradford and District Amal

South Central No1 (Fell)


53 CATEGORY A:

This Conference agrees that Britain has experienced an increase in extreme weather conditions in the past year this has led to some of our

Quadrant members being unable to attend work safely.

Whilst Quadrant operates a 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 Quadrant on a joint policy going forward to deal with such circumstances in the future.

Kent Invicta (Carried)


54 CATEGORY A:

This Conference instructs the incoming Postal Executive to reach agreement with Royal Mail on improved communications during serve weather situations.

This will be achieved by the production and workplace display by the site operator, clearly setting out what is the Safe Systems Of Work (SSOW) is for that particular day.

A workplace file will then hold legacy SSOW for reference and consistency.

Eastern No.4 (Accepted)


55 CATEGORY A: If carried 56 and 57 Fall

This Conference deplores Royal Mail Letters for its inclement weather policy which forces members through no fault of their own to take annual leave, work their time back or lose pay if they are unable to attend for work. Conference further recognising, that this policy compromises our member's Health & Safety and Royal Mail's duty of care. The PEC is therefore instructed to negotiate an agreement, which covers attending for work during severe weather conditions that takes into account individual circumstances and does not place the cost of bad weather on the shoulders of members.

South East Wales Amal (Fell)