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Are we preparing for Christmas?

07 Sep 2020, 00:08

iirc one day last year during Xmas pressure we put through over 500,000 through our machines as sequenced. We're a small MC compared with other MCs. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the really large MCs had the odd night sequencing over 1 million letters in a day between all their machines. If Xmas cards end up being much heavier than last year then our iLSMs will be running outward plans for a lot longer, leaving them less time to help out with wave 1 sequencing

Are we preparing for Christmas?

07 Sep 2020, 15:47

Curious as to why folk are saying we’ll be back in full lockdown before Xmas? I’m not disagreeing with you,it just seems that this inept government are determined to get back to normal,ASAP,no matter what. Boris the Bastard didn’t want to go into any sort of lockdown in the first place if reports are to be believed. Struggling to see him going back there

Are we preparing for Christmas?

07 Sep 2020, 19:00

SpacePhoenix wrote:If we do end up in a full lockdown by Xmas we might see an increase in xmas cards. Hopefully they let us roll over whatever we don't have time to run through the machines each night. If they don't then deliveries will be screwed with the amount of manual we'll end up sending them


Are we expecting a full lockdown?

Are we preparing for Christmas?

07 Sep 2020, 20:15

Wild Rover wrote:
SpacePhoenix wrote:If we do end up in a full lockdown by Xmas we might see an increase in xmas cards. Hopefully they let us roll over whatever we don't have time to run through the machines each night. If they don't then deliveries will be screwed with the amount of manual we'll end up sending them


Are we expecting a full lockdown?

I think it'll be more local full lockdowns, then regional full lockdowns if it's bad over to big an area and only a nationwide full lockdown if it gets too bad over too much of the UK.

We've had 2 days in a row with nearly 3k of cases. I've seen mentions on the news that we might be 2-4 weeks behind France

Are we preparing for Christmas?

07 Sep 2020, 20:44

koolishy67 wrote:All other companies hermes dpd amazon start recruiting and preparing for Christmas we know this year is going to be very very busy with parcel what royal mail doing to handle all this parcel volume?



Stockpiling it and expecting the postie to do double the workload for tomorrow?? Give it another month and we will see Royal Mail's policy change to loads of causals being allowed to turn up and take parcels on the evening shifts. I wonder if Royal Mail will still be losing a million quid a day in November-December?

Are we preparing for Christmas?

07 Sep 2020, 23:26

Rumours in our office that all PT staff will be starting at 12.30, no exceptions. We will see.

There has to be a plan though. It’s clear as usual we won’t get extra vans or staff.

I think if they decide to go with 12.30 starts for PTers it should only be packet deliveries. Some of us have had to wait until 2pm for a van, imagine starting a round at 2.30pm knowing in an hour it will be dark. It’s not so bad if you’re only doing parcels.

Hopefully there’s no election material this year as well!

Are we preparing for Christmas?

08 Sep 2020, 13:38

HTPostman wrote:Rumours in our office that all PT staff will be starting at 12.30, no exceptions. We will see


Surely it would depend on the individual contracts whether folk are obligated to start work at that time or not?
Run it by the rep.

Are we preparing for Christmas?

08 Sep 2020, 14:23

No doubt they will take on more Christmas Casuals to do parcels on night shift without thinking about the extra space needed to ensure social distancing!

Are we preparing for Christmas?

08 Sep 2020, 14:26

We have raised Christmas with our DOM, he isn't faintly concerned, we are a small D.O with 19 walks but we won't have the space to process the parcels that will come in.
Clearly this year will be like no other and unless they put extra hours in and recruit more LAT duties it will be chaos

Are we preparing for Christmas?

08 Sep 2020, 19:32

Sir Henry wrote:
HTPostman wrote:Rumours in our office that all PT staff will be starting at 12.30, no exceptions. We will see


Surely it would depend on the individual contracts whether folk are obligated to start work at that time or not?
Run it by the rep.


I agree.....However my contract says I’m to be available to work 7am until 7pm, Mon to Sat (including bank holidays if required!!). I’m going to assume the contracts of my PT colleagues who all started at a similar time to me are all similar.

In short, I’ve not got a leg to stand on if I’m told to start at 12.30.

Are we preparing for Christmas?

09 Sep 2020, 19:31

Does anyone know if Dec 28th will be an ordinary working day or not? It's technically a bank holiday I believe as Boxing Day falls on a Saturday

Are we preparing for Christmas?

09 Sep 2020, 19:37

It’s a bank holiday

Are we preparing for Christmas?

10 Sep 2020, 15:13

HTPostman wrote:
Sir Henry wrote:
HTPostman wrote:Rumours in our office that all PT staff will be starting at 12.30, no exceptions. We will see


Surely it would depend on the individual contracts whether folk are obligated to start work at that time or not?
Run it by the rep.


I agree.....However my contract says I’m to be available to work 7am until 7pm, Mon to Sat (including bank holidays if required!!). I’m going to assume the contracts of my PT colleagues who all started at a similar time to me are all similar.

In short, I’ve not got a leg to stand on if I’m told to start at 12.30.


I am probably overlooking something glaringly obvious but I shall plough on ...
I am sure I read somewhere that if you have been working specific hours long enough ifor instance,most of the year up until now, RM must give you notice if they plan on changing them despite what it says in your contract, (there are miles of cow turd masquerading as fact/law in RM literature)

I must sound like a broken record but collar your rep and pick their brains, if they just shrug and trot out the RM party line try the area rep and explain why you're bothering them instead of office rep.

Are we preparing for Christmas?

16 Sep 2020, 19:49

Cedar_Room wrote:Curious as to why folk are saying we’ll be back in full lockdown before Xmas? I’m not disagreeing with you,it just seems that this inept government are determined to get back to normal,ASAP,no matter what. Boris the Bastard didn’t want to go into any sort of lockdown in the first place if reports are to be believed. Struggling to see him going back there


That's not true. Had Johnson decided he didn't want a lockdown, like Sweden which was the orginal plan, we'd not have had a lockdown. Sweden are now in a far better place than us with infections currently declining rather than rising like everywhere else in Europe. The government was spooked by Ferguson's (now discredited) modeling which showed half a million deaths without a lockdown. Researce by Bristol Uni now suggests the peak happened weeks before lockdown, and cases were on the way down when it was imposed. Given the incompetence the government has displayed thus far though, a second lockdown wouldn't surprise me in the slightest.

Are we preparing for Christmas?

18 Sep 2020, 09:14

I think this will be the worse Christmas ever seen

Parcels will be crazy. Looks like lockdown 2 is coming for Christmas

Rule of 6 also means families won't be socialising. So I'm expecting 1980s levels of christmas cards

Are we preparing for Christmas?

18 Sep 2020, 09:17

Social distancing will go out the window once we start getting the xmas casuals and start processing both inward and outward at the same time

Are we preparing for Christmas?

18 Sep 2020, 12:21

Social distancing will only go out the window if WE let it.

Are we preparing for Christmas?

18 Sep 2020, 15:07

Sweden are now in a far better place than us


I should hope so, they have a population density of 25 per Sqkm, we have a population density of 275 per Sqkm.

They also have a Covid19 deaths per million rate which is 10 times higher than the countries surrounding them and not much lower than ours.

Are we preparing for Christmas?

18 Sep 2020, 19:13

clashcityrocker wrote:Social distancing will only go out the window if WE let it.

It will go out the window as there physically won't be the room with outward setups on top of inward setups plus all the xmas casuals on the top of the normal casuals and regular staff

Are we preparing for Christmas?

18 Sep 2020, 19:48

HTPostman wrote:Rumours in our office that all PT staff will be starting at 12.30, no exceptions. We will see.

There has to be a plan though. It’s clear as usual we won’t get extra vans or staff.

I think if they decide to go with 12.30 starts for PTers it should only be packet deliveries. Some of us have had to wait until 2pm for a van, imagine starting a round at 2.30pm knowing in an hour it will be dark. It’s not so bad if you’re only doing parcels.

Hopefully there’s no election material this year as well!


It’s a disgrace the way that some of our part time people are being treated. I try and help them out as much as I can but the bullying that goes on to get them to stay out all hours and do lapsing is incredible :thumbdown

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