JOINT STATEMENT BETWEEN ROYAL MAIL LOGISTICS AND THE CWU ON THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE 1ST HOUR SWW, EQUIVALENT BENEFIT FOR NATIONAL LOGISTICS PROFESSIONAL LGV DRIVERS
Branches and representatives will be aware that Paragraph 16.3.3 of the Guiding Principles agreement established that the enabler for the deployment of the 1st Hour SWW or equivalent benefit for Network Professional LGV Drivers was the deployment of the National Network Review.
The review was successfully deployed on the 18th June 2018 and the department has been in discussions on a Joint Statement on the manner in which the SWW benefit would be delivered for LGV Drivers.
Colleagues will be aware that the department has long considered the fact that our Network Driver members are on a Net week with unpaid meal reliefs and work non-standard duty patterns, presented complexities in removing the time. It was for exactly that reason that we effectively “cashed up” the previous time reduction as part of the BT 2010 agreement.
As we previously made clear, when constructing our negotiating strategy during the Four Pillars talks and again when out on the Unit Representatives briefings, the department’s ambition was to use the SWW flight path to restore payment to unpaid meal reliefs on a phased basis.
This policy has now been achieved and attached for your information is the Joint Statement that has been concluded and endorsed by the Postal Executive, which confirms that as a first phase, from the 1st October 2018 our Network Professional LGV Drivers will receive additional payment at the appropriate standard hourly rate in relation to the first hour of Meal Relief each week.
In addition the Joint Statement also confirms that this will continue in relation to the 2nd Hour in 2019 and that the enabler for the 2nd Hour Benefit, in line with paragraph 19.2 of the Guiding Principles will be a review of variable non driving time.
The review will take place without any predetermined outcomes and any agreed changes will be factored into the 2019 Network Review which will then trigger the restoration of pay to the 2nd hour of Meal Relief per week.