The Way Forward Agreement

Following LTB 661/18, further interdepartmental discussions took place on 5 November 2018 with the company as part of the 2018/2019 Christmas and New Year agreements, during which an agreement was reached and subsequently approved by the postal management. Michael Dobson sees that the Paris Agreement shows the way forward for the future of climate change, but we must now ensure that countries comply with it. The Smith commission is expected to reach an agreement on the way forward by November 30. Mr. Prescott is very keen to reach broad agreement on the way forward at today`s meeting. Branches and representatives will find that, overall, the document reflects previous agreements, although some changes were made this year to address issues such as laT cargo supply agreements and tracked inwards sorting at MPU. The format has also been changed to remove some of the duplicates in previous agreements. “The deal is the way forward and the SDLP is 100% in favour of the deal, 100% for a united Ireland. This must be replaced by different views and the determination to cooperate to find reasonable solutions that are beneficial to both sides. This agreement lays the foundation for changing the way we operate to ensure a prosperous future for the company, its employees and the cooperation between the company and the CWU. For Royal Mail to thrive as a business and ensure it remains able to compete effectively, it is recognised that change must take place at a pace never seen before. Royal Mail and CWU are both committed to working together to achieve this change through an agreement, to continue to protect jobs (in line with our commitments at MTSF) and to providing quality conditions for all employees. Both parties recognize the need for a fresh start and are committed to moving away from the adversarial relationships that exist in too many parts of the business.

However, there has still been no agreement on the follow-up to be given to the burdens inherited from the past in the context of Northern Ireland`s period of unrest. This agreement marks a milestone in the relationship between Royal Mail and the CWU. The company faces the need to radically transform every aspect of its business to survive and thrive in a market where our traditional business is being overtaken by modern communication methods and where competition, the cost of pensions and declining volume represent massive challenges for the company. . . .