Hi, find below the Mount Pleasant bulletin of the 8th of May. The entire back and front pages are also attached - Comments welcome!
WE HAVE PLENTY TO STRIKE ABOUT!
So, at the latest union conference, CWU leaders
have announced we may have a national strike
ballot after September. And why? Apparently, this
is against the RM culture of “bullying and
intimidation by management”. As if this is anything
It's nothing new to us either that the CWU
leaders will try to use a future ballot as a bargaining
chip in their upcoming negotiations with
management. But there does need to be a fight,
according to our agenda and not theirs! It's long
WE CAN FOLLOW IN OUR MATES' FOOTSTEPS...
By the way, many of our mates in DOs across the
country didn't wait for the CWU leadership's green
light to vote with their feet! If this put pressure on
the union to do something, then good! It goes to
show that our activity on the ground is what matters,
not the leaders' chatter at the top!
Unbelievable that CWU union officials thought it
okay to invite two top RM managers to the union
conference... And what's more, to preach the
wonders of their CDC pension scheme! Has Terry
Pullinger run out of excuses to justify the pension
sell-out, and so needs the helping hand of RM
management? He couldn't make it any more
As for the managers' patronising presentation on
the “historical perspective” on RM pensions – saying
how “lucky” we are, what can we say? We knew we
couldn't expect any of the union leaders to remind
them that our pensions are our deferred wages!
And that cutting our pensions is theft, period.
MOUNT AMAZON IN THE MAKING?
So we thought managers on Processing had
brought in casuals to cover for the shortage of
hands over Easter, which is bad enough. But now
we see casuals on Lates in the POCL/PPI and
Bullring areas! We know there is a shortage of
hands everywhere, whether on Processing, among
EC drivers or among cleaners. But we can't accept
having a 2nd-tier workforce in HMP to make up for it
– these new hands are welcome, on permanent
NO OT BUT FT
And why should it be “normal” for managers to
expect us P/Ters on Processing to do one, two, or
even three 12-hr shifts on Nights per week?! Has
this become a sort of second-rate “F/T” job, when
we've been asking for proper F/T contracts for
years? Of course, RM bosses expect us to work
according to their whims! But why should we,
especially at the expense of our health?
DUMBO AND DUMBER
Looks like managers have gotten themselves into
another mess thanks to their resign! The EVRs
have meant we're short of people to run the Jumbo
Dumbo... They expect some of us to cover, but no
chance! This is their mess, not ours!
IDLE MACHINES, IDLER MANAGERS?
And what's going on with our training? Many of us
who signed to work on the TOPs, ILSM and CSS in
the last resign are still waiting to be trained up.
Now we're told this isn't expected to start for at
least another month! Meanwhile, are we meant to
twiddle our thumbs? No problem.
SALT-N-PEPA'S BIGGEST FAN?
On Lates, we couldn't believe our ears when we
heard King Etcetera on the letter frames telling us
that if we wanted an early finish, we had to “Push
it!” Is he trying out a version of the 80's hit song, or
what? Well, he's definitely out of tune and out of
his senses, if he thinks that we're staying after our
shift is over. If there are boxes left to clear at the
end of the shift, that's not our problem.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING PODS
On Lates and Nights, managers must be hoping
that pods from collections will grow legs and start
segregating on their own... Because if they think
that each one of us will cover for the jobs
previously done by two mates, they're definitely
living in Lalaland.
OUR SPECIAL P.S.A. DAY
In PSA, Monday's definitely not our favourite day of
the week! After a break over the weekend, we're
faced with 30,000-odd items to clear on Lates...
Which gives us a good reason to make it our own
special “Prohibiting Stress and Anxiety” day... Teabreaks
and fresh air outside anyone?
'RICO' NOT ONLY IN NAME...
Poor Rico Back's maximum bonus is to be cut this
year... He's only set to receive £960,000, on top of
his annual salary of £640,000! With our recent
poor payrise, we can only sympathise! How will he
be able to pay his bills, we wonder?
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