Working for protecting the country at home and at foreign locations Royal Mail provides proactive support for employees who operate as UK Armed Forces reservists.
The organisation has 220 reservists and is one of the country’s biggest groups. These individuals, apart from being employees of the company also protect the country both at home and foreign locations. The organisation’s partnership with reservists goes back well into its 500-year long history. It continues to make efforts for endorsing the honoured tradition of assisting armed forces, and also their families. The support covers people who were previously affiliated with the services.
Armed Forces Covenant
Royal Mail endorsed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2015, to provide support for the armed forces society within the UK.
This move marked the organisation’s acceptance regarding the significance of regular serving and reservist individuals, military families, and veterans, for the UK. In line with the covenant, the Royal Mail will highlight that it fully supports the causes of its reservists, and their actions.
In addition, the organisation will:
- Embolden partner firms and suppliers for joining the scheme for corporate covenants.
- Advocate the evidence that it is a pro-armed forces organisation through the publication of the covenant in its branches, offices, and depots.
- Issue Special Stamps in addition to postmarks as a continuation of its tribute to the armed forces.
- Carry forward an objective of proactive participation in Reserves Day and Armed Forces Day
- Partner with Career Transition Partnership for seeking employment opportunities for the organisation’s service leavers and veterans.
- Seek involvement with the Recovery Career Services for supporting opportunities for employment for injured, sick and wounded veterans, to a feasible extent.
- Take account of the military obligations of the spouse of an armed forces member, while considering leave requests.
- Prolong support for employees who have decided to become Reserve forces members, including the accommodation of their mobilisation and training.
- Partner with the Ministry of Defence to facilitate competent postcode data of BFPO virtual, for organisations. It works to capacitate the armed forces for accessing services and goods online when they are overseas.
Moya Greene, Chief executive, stated that the organisation felt pride regarding its pro-armed forces stance. Numerous current employees are women, ex-servicemen or reservists. These individuals are continuing their role in ensuring safety for the UK. Apart from that, they are also integral for distributing the Royal Mail’s high standard of service for businesses and homes across the UK. She also expressed the importance of the Royal Mail providing continuous support to these individuals, both inside and outside of the business.
Entitlement for military leave (includes Territorial Army)
- Employees receive two weeks’ paid leaves for their associations with the Annual Active Service Commitment
- In addition, a total of 9 days of unpaid leaves per year, may be offered to compensate for travel, due to 6 obligatory weekly training camps during the weekends.
- Additionally, time offs should be allocated from the annually entitled holidays of employees.
For military leave qualification, the employees should offer proof to respective managers for every occasion when leaves are needed. This would require exhibiting one’s notice of call-out, 6 months notice of call ups are offered normally to individuals and must respectively caution managers without delay.
One can refer to the guide for ‘special leave’. It has information regarding application processes. You can also view information regarding the responsibilities and rights of reservists.
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