I had to repost this and blog it because I feel its very important for everyone to know what it is really happening behind the postal strike that is happening these days.
Instead of cursing those postal workers based on the info given by the papers and media..think and read this THEN think again and see if you are of the same opinion...
It's a friend blog about the reason behind the postal workers strike, names will be omitted in order to defend those directly involved from paying the consequences of speaking out in their own defense and for doing what they have the RIGHT to do : Strike.
It had happened some postal worker have a disciplinary action towards them because of that.
They are not allowed to say anything to those breaking the strike but the favour has not been returned and those striking are risking severe disciplinary action on top of loosing money out of their wages.
Y'know, I don't blog at all. I don't think my thoughts or opinions are of the slightest interest to anyone, but, on this rarest of occasions, I feel compelled to say something
At work, online and on MySpace, I'm hearing no end of shit about the Postal Strike. No, I know I'm not a postie, but my SO is, and it strikes me that most of the comments about it are based on ill informed half truths and whispers.
So, in the name of the public's right to know, consider this a public information bulletin. Here are the reasons why 130,000-odd posties are aggrieved enough to strike.
The Communication Workers Union are striking, because of actions by Royal Mail. Truth.
"But isn't it just about pay?" I hear you cry!! "That's what it says on the news"
Yes, they are striking about pay. The Postal Worker have been offered a 2.5% rise whilst the managers have been offered 7.3% over two years. Why should they accept an offer like that? Talk about crumbs from a rich man's table!!
The chairmen of RM have stated, in some ill-advised attempt at camaraderie, that they had taken a pay freeze to help out the company!!
It must be hard to keep up with the cost of living when you have to take a pay freeze. Imagine having to freeze at £1M. How will these poor people cope? I'm sure that your average postie's heart bleeds to learn that! Mine sure did!!
They are striking about modernisation which could see the loss of 40,000 jobs.
They are also striking because Royal Mail are now scrapping their pensions.
"OK, so they're badly treated. Why should I care, it doesn't affect me?" I hear you exclaim.
Well, believe it or not, it's going to affect you, the customer, too. Did you hear that on the news? No?? Well, get this…..
RM wants them to deliver more door to door leaflets to you. You know all that junk that you get but don't want? Your postie delivers lots of that. I don't want it. You probably don't want it. I'm sure as hell that most posties don't want to deliver it.
However, there is currently a sweetener in the deal as they posties get paid to deliver it, which helps a bit when you have a mortgage and a family to feed. It's not mandatory, they don't have to deliver it if they don't want.
RM are paid a significant sum for every batch of junk mail they process. I'm sure that nobody will be surprised that they want to deliver all the trash they already do, but also a lot more trash besides, maximizing their incoming revenue, but they also want to make it mandatory for the posties to deliver all this rubbish, and they believe that the posties should deliver it FOR NOTHING. Yes, folks, RM receive payment from the companies who issue this junk mail, but they want several kilos of it to be carried around and delivered each day for no payment whatsoever!! Go on, be honest. Would you be prepared to take on extra hours at your job for no pay? No?? Me neither!! Does that surprise you? I thought not…..
Hold on, though, 'cause this is the biggie…..
I bet a lot of you have complained in recent years that your post has been arriving later. It does me. I get fairly outraged when I get home to find a red card through my door, marked "we called at 10.30, but you weren't at home." (or words to that effect) What did you expect? I work for a living, goddammitt!!
It's true, the post arrives later nowadays. This is not the choice of the postie, but a rule enforced by RM.
Currently, the sorting shift starts at 4AM. This gives allows 4 hours to get it out of the delivery office by 8AM, so you can make a reasonable assumption that it takes 4 hours to do that job. Do you agree? Good.
RM have implemented a new rule, applicable as of today (yes folks, that means it's started, it's legal, and there's nothing you can do about it) that the sorting does not start until 6AM. This means that you lucky people will receive your mail a whole two hours later than you already do! Yes, you will all be pleased to know that your postie will not be able to start delivering until 10AM, if you have a full time postie, or nearer 11AM if you have a part timer. Overtime will not start until 2PM so you may not get your post until late in the afternoon if you round is being covered on overtime.
It has also been suggested that postal job roles will not remain as they are. This means that you may not get the same postie two days running.
You might not think that this matters, "I didn't fancy my Postie anyway" you say, but hold on.
Your postie knows their round inside out and can probably deliver you a half addressed letter but this may no longer be the case. It could well transpire that no postie will have a set round any longer. You may find that you will not have the same postie each day and you may find that you have a different one every day for a month. This is not going to provide you with even a barely adequate postal service. It could even lead to lost and misdelivered mail.
Finally, you may not realise that as from the 28th October Royal Mail has scrapped Sunday and Bank Holiday collections from post boxes. This has caused dismay because it has meant that some collection drivers have lost even more working hours to go along with the later start losses. This is another point of protest.
Everybody could all sit back and say "so what", but if RM get their way with this, what else will they try in the future?
They are striking as a form of protest to persuade Royal Mail to help THE POSTIES to give YOU THE CUSTOMER a better service. They are NOT striking for a few days off or for the fun of it. It is always a difficult decision to strike, not least of all because they are all losing pay as a result, and it should come as no surprise many of them have families to feed, and but really, what other option is there.
A final thought……
"First they came for the Communists,
- but I was not a communist so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists,
- but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Jews,
- but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me."
(Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
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