Hi, find below the Mount Pleasant bulletin of the 2nd of July. The full bulletin with front page editorial is attached.
Comments are welcome, as usual.
ALWAYS ASKING FOR MORE
RM bosses are telling us they're in a pickle... And what
sort of pickle is that, excuse us? In their annual financial
results, they've just announced they made profits of £180m
before tax! So what's all this talk about “losing” £1m per
day?! With packets enough for 3 Xmases piling up on the
shop floor, it certainly doesn't look like that!! But even if
profits were down the drain, that doesn't change the fact
that our rent, food, transport, etc., have gone through the
roof! So we don't want to hear any excuses when it comes
to our jobs and pay!
WE NEED OUR PLAN
Yes, because the “Three-step” plan announced by “interim”
CEO Keith Williams gives a preview of their "attack"
strategy. Step 1 is “proposing management restructure
impacting around 2,000 roles” - in other words, cut the
heads of 2,000 managers (but who else will be included in
this?). And we're told that no such thing is planned for the
rest of us? Except that steps 2 & 3 are to press ahead with
“operational change” and “underpin the USO” to ensure the
business is “sustainable in the long term”. We know what
all this means. We better have our “One-step” plan ready:
fight back against every cut!
WHEN MANAGERS FLY!
We'll be happy to show managers the way out, if they vote
for a strike (who knows their CMA-Unite union might
ballot?)... And in fact it's the only way they might be able
to get back in!
PS: We can even offer to help them with some placard
ideas for the picket line: like “down with the bosses”?
AND WHAT'S BEHIND IT?
It makes us wonder what will happen to all the JV6-and-a-
1/2s? And if there is such a huge surplus of managers
why is it that still, up until now, there is apparently a "need"
for acting up managers on the floor? Or is that the idea -
to use cheaper (by a lot!) OPGs to do the "managerial
work" in the future?
BACK TO THE FUTURE... PAY
Did we hear correctly? RM's telling us they're “seeking to
open talks with CWU on the need for change, future pay,
and to address the issues raised in the ongoing industrial
dispute”... But surely, they've been in talks already?
Because they need to be reminded that what they call our
“future pay” is actually 3 months late (all the while
collecting interest for RM...)! As for “the need for change”,
yes we do need change and we have our own list of
demands... So where (and when) do we start - and it goes
without saying that it will be outside the committee room!?
How come, all of a sudden, parcels are less “profitable”
than letters? They say it's because the sorting of them is
more “labour-intensive” (don’t we know it!) and that they
therefore want to replace us by machines. But apparently
they've forgotten the basics of economics. Ultimately, the
cost of automating is far more than retaining manual
labour! As for us, sure, we don't mind machines easing the
job - as long as it means we all work less (without loss of
pay!). That would be “profitable” for us!
MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!
Poor TP! On Sky News last week, he was fretting about
the “massive challenges... that have impacted on our
business”! We know he gets a bit muddled up and forgets
which side of the fence he belongs... i.e., that he's not
actually representing the interests of bosses and the
"business", but our interests - and that these happen to be
opposites? Less labour costs = more profits and
dividends... Simple, really. Perhaps he's spent too long in
STOP THE CLOCK
We're so fed up that we don’t get to see each other much
any more, since our breaks are all at different times. And
it's not because of safety and the virus - but because of the
shortage of hands and being asked to cover the gaps.
There's a way round it: the work stops completely, while
we have a break together... Conscious delay, not wilful
WE ARE NOT CONVINCED
We see RM's now boasting how it has further increased
capacity to process returned C-19 home-test kits. Sure,
testing needs to be done. But we're still not convinced,
despite all their assurances, that it's safe for us, given our
past experience: H&S has always been a tick-box
exercise for them! How about they send someone from
the public health lab to test for viral DNA throughout the
path of these kits (including on our hands)?
Those of us with keen eyesight managed to spot the
“Covid bonus” in our last payslip. With a pittance like that,
blink, and you’ll miss it! Are we meant to be “grateful”?
Of course, RM has such a good H&S record in HMP...!
We're still working in a building site, with the ongoing dust
made worse by the hot weather (at least we have some
masks now...), the overhead electric cables, you name it!
So what about a real solution for once, instead of RM's
worn out “sorry for the inconvenience”?
MONEY IS KING
And by the way, many of the construction workers did
continue to work at HMP throughout the pandemic.
Apparently building parking lots and flats is “essential” to
So what are we supposed to do with this extended 7am-
10pm congestion charge? Some of us on nights have no
other choice but to take our cars, but we certainly can't
afford £15 per work day! Surely key workers should be
able to claim reimbursement? Or are we only "key" when it
suits them? This needs an urgent petition!
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