Hi all, find below the Mount Pleasant bulletin of the 6th of November (before RM's court injunction was known). Also, we have the back and front page in the pdf attached!
Comments welcome as usual...
LET'S GO FOR IT!
We think the “Time For Action” message from London
Division CWU is right. This could be a “significant and
defining dispute” and there should be “no fence to sit on”,
given that the USO could be lost, and ParcelForce turned
So yes, “we are in the fight of our lives” and “it is
important we recognise that the CWU [us workers] are still
in a very strong position”. Fighting back against RM bosses
is long overdue and this time we really need to go for it.
WE NEED THE ANSWER ASAP
So this Tuesday morning we heard Terry Pullinger tell LBC
that there was no doubt about it – there would definitely be
industrial action before Christmas regardless of the election
We could only conclude that we're going on the
offensive – which would be the right thing to do. Except of
course it all depends on the result of TP's “mediation
process” which we should hear about by the end of the
week... but probably won't, until after the CWU executive
ONE WAY TO WIN
On the minus side, we can see that union officials do not
plan to have the all-out-for-as-long-as-it-takes strike that we
need. Again that same London Divisional Committee
message mentions a “24-hour strike period” when talking
about the “ex PBS Christmas bonus” and the “£100
Christmas bonus” and how much we might or might not
But aren't we talking about the “fight of our lives”? Why
would we worry about 3%-of-very-little? When we strike we
don't get paid, that is, if we strike properly! And if it's a
proper strike, we would not need to be out for very long,
before we won.
WHAT ABOUT PARCELFORCE?
Another question we have is what on earth is happening
with our ParcelForce workmates? It seems that the TUPE
process was started without anyone's agreement, so surely
they should be on strike already, and we should know
what's going on? Nevertheless, we are expecting them to
be joining us in any action.
COLLECTIVE MEALS TO BE PLANNED
We need to prepare for all eventualities, for instance, the
casuals being forced to stay inside and do our work, the
fact that RMPFS and Quadrant workers are not asked to
join us – and may well be asked whether they have a
driving licence! Because if we close down this workplace, it
should be closed down for everybody. And then we need to
make sure that we all support each other, and build the
solidarity required to keep going.
TIME FOR RM-EXIT
Of course the union is under a lot of criticism from all and
sundry for not accepting that “gracious” offer from RM of
unconditional talks, provided they call off any threat of
action until after the end of December. Don't they realise
we have to leave “No Deal” on the table? Seriously though,
did they really think anyone would fall for that?
TIME TO WALK OUT!
We noticed some people asking for a strike date on
TeePee's Facebook Q&A. Presumably they had one-day
strikes in mind. Well of course dates might be set after next
week, but we should all get one-day strikes out of our
minds. They don't work!
We also heard Dave Ward on Radio 4 on Monday morning
and, as usual, the presenter Mishal Husain took the side of
the bosses – claiming that they've extended a friendly hand
to the union... and then went on to suggest that we'd
disenfranchise people if we go on strike during the
elections! Well, if we're on strike, we won't prevent
prospective MPs from delivering all their election material
themselves, will we? Maybe they should do it even if we're
not on strike.
LEGAL OR NOT, THIS MUST STOP
TeePee's latest Facebook Q&A video said that the
recruitment of agency workers during the period of our
dispute is illegal. But the use of casuals outside periods of
dispute is not okay either (we've always made an exception
for Xmas itself)! RM has already got away with cutting jobs
and introducing casuals through the backdoor. Recruiting
permanent workers has to be top of our list of demands!
And by the way, we welcome all the Christmas casuals who
started their induction last week. We know very well that
Black Friday + Cyber Monday + election + Xmas, will be a
nightmare. Even without the election it would have been
near-impossible. So who knows what will to happen this
year? The best outcome would be that we'll all be out on
the picket lines together!
SPY WITH A BUG
Honestly, the new PDA update is rubbish. It keeps logging
out all by itself, which slows everything down, and therefore
slows us down! And what's more, if the PDA gets wet,
which is often, it's liable to stop working altogether – never
mind that all the logs are lost. Frankly the technology we're
given is just not up to the task. Surprise, surprise.
What a great view we get from the pool-table room upstairs.
A forest of cranes, herds of trucks... It certainly doesn't
make us feel we're in a postal workplace! So how long are
we supposed to put up with occupying this building site?
We saw the letter to CWU branches saying that Capita has
taken responsibility for administering aspects of the RM
pension funds. It says that we now must contact Capita for
any queries. There may well be mistakes in the way
pensions are calculated: Capita's “administrative
performance” has been dodgy lately, not to mention its
finances... So we wonder why this letter merely states the
facts, and does not put this handover to Capita into
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