Hi, find below the Mount Pleasant bulletin of 23 Sept. You can also find the complete bulletin attached (with front page editorial).
Comments are always welcome!
WITH THE SECOND WAVE...
It's no real surprise that we're into the second wave of
COVID-19. And as the H&S reps here say, there's no room
in here for managers who take a “blasé attitude towards the
virus”, and go around without masks themselves. Seems
they need "educating" - and why not, we can always
organise a Work Time Learning session just for them...
GIVE US THE BLOODY MASKS!
We shouldn't have to "ask" for masks or gloves. It's simple!
Managers should be issuing them to everyone, every day.
Because we all need to wear them to protect ourselves and
others. And by the way, of course masks also protect us,
as long as they are clean and fresh - so they need to be reissued
after 4 hours!
STRUGGLING WITH WORKLOAD?
These management targets should be thrown into the bin!
Not only do we need to take all necessary (time consuming)
precautions, but working with masks means
that we need more breather-breaks. And since we're also
fewer and fewer, thanks to their job cuts, it has to be up to
us to decide how fast we go... or how slowly!
HE'S GOT TO FIND WHAT WE NEED
So we cleaners are supposed to keep this place COVID-19
secure, right? But when we ask for new gloves, the
Elephant tells us there aren't enough. At first, he said that
the NHS staff needed them more than we did. Then, that
they're too difficult to get and too expensive... Can he
come up with some better excuses? We all need a good
PS: And why do we still see the trunk, when it should be
covered with a mask? If he's not going to wear one, can he
kindly keep his distance... far, far away from us?
“TEST AND TRACE” OR “HUSH AND HIDE”?
Why should we rely on hearsay when it comes to COVID-
19 cases in HMP? We need to know about when and
where anyone got sick or had a positive test. And no
excuses on the grounds of confidentiality. This is a
“notifiable disease” and we need to be notified first! Or are
managers too afraid that we might conclude this place is
not COVID-secure, after all?
CALLING A CUT A CAT
So interim CEO Stuart Simpson is now telling us that RM
wants to “conclude a 'change deal', not just a pay deal”.
What on earth is a “change deal”? Apparently, it is a
“package of measures which will aid the business in its
recovery”. In other words, cuts. Nothing to do with our pay
increase, then? Just when we thought RM management
would give us an update... we are given some
MUTUAL BACK-SCRATCHING SOCIETY
Unfortunately, there isn't anything clearer coming from
union officials... Other than a long Letter to Branches
explaining how the joint agreement isn't a joint agreement...
yet! And that since RM doesn't want to give us a one-year
pay deal (as TeePee says, to reward our pandemic efforts),
it means that the acceptance of "light touch revisions" and
other cave-ins, are postponed for now...
BRING THEM DOWN TO EARTH
And by the way, we saw at the beginning of the LTB that
the joint statement is supposed to represent a “logical
flightpath of progress”, which made us wonder for a second
if the union leaders had stumbled into the wrong talks and
were now trying to do a deal with British Airways... They
were already out of touch with us on the ground, but now it
seems they're headed for the clouds..!
"SECRET" TALKS: NO SHAME?
BTW: we note that Pullinger wrote that he can't reveal "the
detail of the informal summary of the pay negotiations". In
other words he's agreed to keep this "confidential" between
him and the bosses. Says it all, doesn't it?
So a “productivity deal” is also been discussed in these
negotiations? Which basically means bonus “rewards” for
whenever the bosses judge we've been "productive"
enough? We've always been against bonuses, which
managers can give or take away from us at will. We aren't
donkeys and we don't need carrots!
PACKETS WON’T DELIVER THEMSELVES...
We've heard that 18 EC delivery workmates are taking
EVRs. These are job cuts of course. Yet vans are full to
the brim of packets! So do managers expect us to run
around like crazy? It's not going to happen. The
undelivered parcels will just have to come back with us at
the end of our shift, period.
Once again: why should postal workers pay the congestion
charge, given we do a public service? Let alone the latest
increase up until 10pm! Shouldn't all key workers be
exempt? Or are we no longer regarded as "key"? And if
not, shall we prove it..?
WHEN PIGS FLY
On flats, we might have less volume, but there are missorts
aplenty! These CFC machines are so old, some of us
spend more time going through the workload a second time
than on the frames... And we're told machines are ready to
replace us? Not in this world, for sure!
Yes, this month's been hot and it's been like working in an
oven in here... We did, however, hear that the union
negotiated with RM to make bottles of water available. So
where are they? Some of us still remember the trolleys
with iced squash that went around whenever it was hot. So
what do we have to do around here to have this reinstated?
LEADING BY EXAMPLE?
And by the way, has anyone tracked and traced the top
management in 185? Because we've not seen any of them
since the pandemic started. Yes, they're happy to ask us to
take public transport to work... from the safety of their
sofas. Well, if they're leading by example, we could all stay
safely at home?
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.