But can anyone on here state with absolute certainty that the legal position isn't
as they are portraying it ?
We might not like hearing it, but if we voted for a STRIKE
, then maybe for once Big Al and Little Adam are telling the truth about this ?
It would explain why they seem to be going after any CWU officials who could - in their
opinion - be inciting (their word, not mine) people to take 'illegal' action ( see thread http://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/forum/vi ... 2665#12665
RM could take legal action that could tie-up the CWU in court for months, with the threat of heavy fines. It's clear what their tactics might be ...
1. Unfairly put just one CWU official on suspension without pay
2. Thus provoking a walkout by members seeking his reinstatement
3. Seek a court injunction against the CWU for 'orchestrating' illegal unofficial industrial action
IT'S A TRAP. DON'T PLAY INTO THEIR HANDS GUYS ! BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY WHEN THE SCREWS OR THEIR BLUE-EYED BOYS ARE LISTENING
Al and Adam are correct on the legal side of things to a cerain extent its all there in black and white on the DTI website.
We as individuals can do the job properly not do O/T etc but if the CWU try to formally organise a O/T ban without another ballot saying action just short of a strike then its up to each and every individual to work to rule off their own back. All the CWU can do is advise you off ll your options and correct procedures if you feel unable to complete your round in your duty time. Give the rep a yes vote in a ballot worded, action just short of strike action and he/she then activley encourage you not to work past your time.
There was no reason why that could not have be on the ballot paper along with strike action, perhaps DW should have consulted on what types of IA to ballot for. The only consultation now will be when and how to take strike action if needed.
It is not illegal for indivdiual mbrs of CWU to work to rule and not do OT but is illegal without another ballot for the CWU to organize OT ban! Pouch weights and meal break taking can be encouraged by CWU on health and safety
Encoraging meal break taking is or should be a non issue if i go out on del without my M/R i am due to finsh work at 12.45pm if i take my MR i am due to finish at 13.25 so there is no reason for RM to get upset about that. Taking my break dosent give me any less time to do my job!
Pouch weights: if you stick to 16kg it gives RM a idea of how many new drop boxes they need to install/purchase after all they themselves said they will gives us the kit to do the job. They cant complain about making that easier for them!