So the weekend starts here and a thumping win at footy. Just had a shower and settling down with a pack of Disco’s and Kit Kat caramel and ready to watch the highlight of the week. Yes Question Time. A certain Nick Griffin from the BNP is on. Now I am anti BNP but they have a right in our democracy to be heard. Yes before you say it my initials are NF. You cant go banning them etc that is censorship and just as bad racism. Lets get them out in the open and show them for what they are. I hope he is given a rough ride on the show. As for the protestors against him appearing on the show. What gives them the right to turn into an unruly mob and start charging into the BBC. I was listening on radio 5 live when they charged the BBC building. At the same time people where waiting to go and see a recording of Harry Hill. Imagine the fuss if a gang of BNP members tried to charge into the Harry Hill show. Actually could have been a piece of comedy gold that. The anti nazi protesters were singing this song” Build a bonfire, build a bonfire put Griffin on the top. Put the Nazis in the middle and burn the bloody lot” Not the best choice of lyrics to sing about a gang of holocaust deniers !!!! Again we should be proud that people can actually deny the holocaust. In some countries in europe it is illegal to b a holocaust denier. Censorship to the extreme. So when next year comes and its election time. Get of your fat arses and go and put an X in the box and kill of the BNP.Be proud of the free speech we have and the fact we can go on strike (see part two of todays blog)
So the posties are on strike and a bitter feud it is. No fun being on strike. I have been on strike a couple of times and also refused to cross a picket line of another strike in our buildings. Power to the people. Mrs Fay says I have been on strike for the last 7 years but thats another story. Time for a guest speaker on the blog and this comes from a postman who is on strike. The names of the not so innocent have been changed to protect them.
Well mate let me first tell you that every single postie, and the majority of the public that I have spoken to, completely support what we are now undertaking. None of us want to lose pay, but the fact that 76% of the members of the CWU who voted on the ballot, voted yes. To me this sends out a clear message that the staff have simply had enough. During the recession and what with Christmas coming up, the fact that we have voted to strike and LOSE money, should indicate to everyman & his dog, just what the feelings are amongst the Royal Mail workforce.
I started working for Royal Mail X years ago and in that time I can honestly say that I have seen no decline in mail volumes. The likes of Crozier always on about us losing 10% of the mail this year. Bollocks! The next time you receive a letter through the post, just take a look in the top right hand corner and see if it is a Royal Mail logo or stamp there. I bet you now that most of the mail you receive has for example, TNT on it. Once you have looked, ask yourself the question, why are Royal Mail posties delivering this? This 10% that Crozier is referring to is business mail, which Royal Mail no longer have the monopoly on. Adam Crozier and the government have let all companies compete for this business mail, with one exception, US! Crozier struck a deal with the TNT, that meant we would still deliver there shite, so when he says 10%, it is not 10% out of our sacks. This is something the people really need to be aware of. Why does he never mention the extra packets that we all have to deliver? He goes on about Internet shopping, but when you buy something of EBay, who delivers it? It is a FACT that Internet shopping has gone through the roof during the last 5 years with the likes of EBay. Think how many people use EBay and then think how much extra this puts into the pockets of Royal Mail and our mail sacks.
There is a situation within Royal Mail now mate, where managers think is acceptable to bully postmen and women. Example of this was in our work this week. On Monday we were told in the canteen that because of the strike Royal Mail wanted us to come in 30 minutes late on Tuesday and make up that time (our time) by working 30 minutes late on Saturday. Our union rep XXXXXX told us that if we refused to do this, then he would have to tell our boss that we were not doing it and this would result XXXXX being suspended!!!! Our response was if they suspend him, we all walk, so as you can guess, they backed down. There are lads delivering until 3 o’clock in XXXXXXX and they are not entitled to claim their 30 minute overtime for this. Royal Mail management call this ”flexibility”, but you try getting that 30 minute back. They harass staff until the union step in and demand an inquiry into certain managers. They have an internal enquiry, and have a guess what happens mate? That’s right, they move them out of one office straight into another one, were they do the same over again. That is why the CWU as part of there negotiations, want a independent inquiry into bullying and harassment, and this is why the management refuse to co-operate. Ask your postman next time you see him about 2 managers, XXXX XXXXXX and XXXXXXX XXXXXX, and then prepare yourself to be shocked at what they have gotten up too over the years.
Pay is an issue, but contrary to popular believe, pr should I say, contrary to what the management would have you believe. We have been given NO pay rise this year and yet the company has made over £360 million profit. They have said that WE need to take a pay freeze, but alas Mr Crozier’s was awarded somewhere in the region of a £640,000 bonus. Does that make sense to you? If they cant give us a pay rise this year when they have made such a huge profit, then surely if we only make £359 million, they will refer to that as a loss and again we won’t get a penny. They are taking the piss out of everyone of us. All I will say is this. XXXXXXXXX has roughly 36 employers, 34 of which are full time. Over the next few years it is Royal Mails plan to keep 70% on full time contracts and demote 30% down to part time contacts, which would mean over £100 a week less in our pockets. Funny how they do not tell the public these thing hey mate?
They say the Union has not agreed to modernisation, yet over the past 5 years, Royal Mail has lost over 60,000, so surely that proves that the CWU has agreed to certain changes. They close Post Office after Post Office and then tell the public that it is the CWU who are damaging Royal Mail for their customers. How does Mrs Doyle who lives in the Back of beyond street now post her letters or get her stamps or pension? It was not the Union who closed this important service in the local community, it was Crozier. It was not the union who decided to get rid of 2 deliveries a day, which now means me, you and Joe Bloggs get our mail at 2 in the afternoon rather than getting it on our doormat before heading for work . It was not the union who decided to end Sunday collection, which now means letters posted on a Sunday are not guaranteed for the Monday. It was not the Union who let the pension deficit get up to nearly £10 billion, as anticipated it will be. It was not the union who closed the likes of Coprass Hill. It was not the union who tried to privatize the company and a British institution. So next time Crozier talks about Royal Mails need for modernisation, take a look at their improvements they have already made and ask yourself is it an improvement, or just a mess. Adam Crozier has set about destroying a British institution. All of the mistakes he has made are now coming home to roost, so he does what many have done in the past, he blames the unions. He and Mandy lost out in their bid to privatize the company because the union were, and still are to strong for them. And now they are trying to do what Maggie did with the miners, and destroy us. Well I’ve got news for the pair of them. It ain’t gonna happen.
On closing mate, I have just had enough of being treated like a number, and so have most of my colleagues. We are out in the rain, snow, wind and ice, providing a service to our much appreciative customers. After tax I take home £260 a week for grafting my arse off and Mr Crozier and his henchmen tell me I’m not even worth and extra £4 a week. Lets put a 16kg bag on his back and let him walk the streets when it is pissing down and then tell us we need to ”walk quicker” or ”Have bigger round”. Unfortunately he is just in his Ivory towers milking the company for all it is worth and trying to replace us with machine so he can have an even bigger bonus next year. My only regret towards the union is that we did not do this years ago mate and that we are not out permanently now.
Oh one more important thing. The people need to know that for the last 4 months the union has tried to get management to go to Acas and each time they have refused. Now they are willing too, but only on certain conditions 1 the union suspend industrial action . . . Yeah like thats going to happen. And 2 they are prepared to go to Acas on the basis certain thing will be omitted from talks. What things? What do royal mail not want Acas to discover? The union have said they’ll go there with an open book on what they have done over the last 6 months, why won’t royal mail?
A good read that. Shame I could not get Mr Crozier to reply tomorrow. So when you see your postie tomorrow on a picket line give em a beep. So thats the serious blog out of the way and I promise to lighten things up over the weekend. I am sure the influence of Rose and M&S finest snacks will pick my mood up.