Hi all, find below the Mount Pleasant bulletin of the 6th of May. You can also find the full bulletin attached, which includes this week's editorial.
Comments are welcome, as usual.
WE DON'T NEED THEIR ADVICE
How's it possible that some managers still don't think
that wearing masks is vital? We know some of them
like to repeat the nonsense peddled by the
government, that there's no proof that masks stop
the virus from spreading... But it's obvious that they
do! (And there IS evidence out there!) So yes, we
need to wear our masks (and gloves) everywhere
and at all times at work and outside - it's our health
and our workmates' health that's on the line!
Would you believe that managers still don't seem to
know what should and shouldn't be prioritised? This
last Monday on Lates, packet processing was mad -
but we ended up processing useless stuff, while
essential packets are left behind! What can we say...
Royal Mayhem at its very best.
GOING AT OUR OWN PACE
So we've absolutely no chance of processing all the
packets: those left over can just be brought back
when we’re done (or, even better, not even brought
out in the first place). Managers can try pressurising
us to go faster if it makes them feel better, but there
is no way we're going to rush to clear every day – it’s
simply not possible.
A BIG FIASCO
Well, that story about no longer doing Saturday
deliveries turned out to be just that - a story! In the
end RM announced it would temporarily suspend
(only) letter deliveries on Saturdays, not for our
sakes of course, but in order to clear the parcels
It seems the water got all muddy when the CWU
leadership claimed that this was the thin end of an
RM wedge to get rid of their 6-day-a-week Universal
Service Obligation. Apparently they even threatened
a ballot for industrial action. Result - no temporary
suspension of Saturday deliveries to give us a muchneeded
break - and now in fact some of us have
even more work - sorting and delivering parcels on
GOOD REASONS TO FIGHT!
If there are issues to be raised at the moment it’s
certainly not the USO, but our working conditions!
We hear that there are workmates that still have no
access to masks, gloves and hand sanitisers. There
are still areas where we can't keep the correct social
distancing. And we've been coming to work every
day during this pandemic! So instead of telling us
that we're heroes for having kept going for so long,
all of this needs urgent attention!
EMERGENCY SERVICE, OUR FOOT!
We can't believe RM is still expecting us to prep and
deliver Door-2-Dustbin. Yes, we see in that joint
RM/CWU letter that those of us who won't be doing
Saturday deliveries will still have plenty of work...
including “preparation of D2D items for the following
Monday”. We thought we'd been clear: we don't
want to see D2D anywhere near our work, period.
SHALL WE TAKE "LEAVE" RIGHT NOW?
How can RM dare to expect us to use up 2 weeks of
annual leave if we’re self-isolating because of
COVID-19? This is no holiday, and none of us
should lose out! They’ve “agreed” to furlough us if
we’re off because of the virus, but with all their own
conditions attached to it. Some of us, who're still at
risk of the virus will be forced to come in (or go
unpaid), if we fail to meet RM’s own “eligibility
criteria” for the scheme! In this instance the CWU
got it right. They said: “this is an absolute disgrace”.
But we need to do something about it!
TESTING SHOULDN’T BE SPREADING THE VIRUS
What's happening to the tests being sent back
through the post, now that home testing is becoming
a thing? How are they being collected and
processed thereafter? We need to know, if we’re
being exposed to these potentially infectious
packets! Because this is not appropriate, no matter
how vital testing may be. We'll say it again: there
should be a dedicated service for this, organised by
the "testing agencies" and the NHS/Public Health
GOAL POSTS OUT OF SIGHT
We just can't believe that this 3.3% pay increase is
all that RM-PFS is offering... it doesn't get cleaners
anywhere near the London Liv ing Wage
Foundation’s rate of £10.75/hr! Apparently, we're
told we have to wait another 2 years before we get
even that... And in the meantime, should we ask
landlords, transport bosses and supermarkets to stop
PS: And for the new starters, why they should wait 2
years before they get the "normal" pay rate? Can
managers tell us who can live on £8.72/hr?
SHOULDN'T BE NECESSARY!
We hear that workers in some delivery offices have
been resorting to using their own cars for deliveries.
If we’re forced to do this because we can’t trust RM
to clean the vans fully between each shift, then they
need to pay for our comprehensive work-use car
insurance. But isn't it "a disgrace" that we can't rely
on RM to meet the needed standards in these
circumstances? Says it all.
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