Therefore, a joint working group on collections was established with representations from the external and interior departments in order to advance the discussions in accordance with the terms set out in the national agreement. For more information, see below. Revised review process & supporting documents. One of the policy areas of the Integrated Implementation Programme (IDP) is the revision process. The need to continue to adapt the service operation and to carry out revisions where necessary, in accordance with national agreements and procedures, was recognised by ourselves and Royal Mail during the national discussions, and it is the task of the component that has been tasked with examining a new approach to revisions, post-implementation verification (PIR), the Model Convention and compliance/audit procedures that have now been achieved on all fronts. National agreement on the implementation of the Road Transport Directive and the introduction of the background of the professional driver The nationally agreed framework to facilitate negotiations/consultations between Royal Mail and the CWU on the Working Time Directive and the Road Transport Directive, to be introduced in April 2007, recognised the following main elements of consensus. The distribution functions of the network and territory are the glue that brings together the entire operation of Royal Mail and its product offerings, and the removal of the exemption of postal items from European transport legislation will have a considerable impact on the operation and the people who perform the work. In this context, both parties agree that network and distribution functions must be reliable, economical, efficient, flexible, transparent and punctual at all times. We are aware that we need adequate and competitive conditions to hire and retain drivers of the right caliber and the commitment of existing staff. Royal Mail and the CWU understand the need to identify the strategic objectives of both parties and cooperate to ensure that the right solution is implemented quickly and efficiently. Introduction The new driving legislation, which is expected to enter into force on 2 April 2007, will limit the current working rules applicable to Royal Mail drivers who drive vehicles equipped with a tachograph. These changes will limit the number of hours allowed drivers to work, which will also limit the possibilities of remuneration for access to overtime.
Royal Mail has no choice but to implement this legislation, but Royal Mail and the CWU believe that we should take this opportunity to develop a highly professional distribution network focused on customer service, performance and quality and offering job security. Both sides also recognise the introduction of improved conditions in a new package of professional drivers and commit to introducing them in order to allow for the hiring of currently affected drivers and future recruitment. The agreement below describes the revised working agreements and working conditions in order to establish a flexible and efficient distribution activity that meets the needs of customers every first time. 2. Scope This Agreement applies to all types represented by the CWU in Royal Mail Network & Area Distribution who drive tachograph-equipped vehicles and the terms replace national/local agreements regarding the specific aspects contained therein. All other national/local agreements that are not included, specified or modified in the conditions remain unchanged and in force. 3. Objectives 3.1. Ensure full compliance with the legal requirements for RTD/EU hours by 2 April 2007. . . .