DEFENDING POSTAL SERVICES
A MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC
Britainâ€™s postal workers â€“ members of the Communication Workers Union â€“ are asking you
to support our campaign to stop Royal Mailâ€™s cost-cutting business plan which will mean
cuts in your postal service (with hikes in stamp prices, fewer collections and deliveries
and more post office closures) and cuts to our membersâ€™ pay and pensions.
CWU members want to do our job serving the public. We have tried every measure possible
to seek a fair resolution to this dispute. Over 70% of our members voted for strike action to
force Royal Mail to think again but they are simply refusing our offer of meaningful talks.
Starved of investment for decades Royal Mail now faces unfair competition from private
operators who, for a discounted price, collect and sort profitable bulk business mail
before passing it on to Royal Mail to deliver over the â€˜final mileâ€™. The result is Royal Mail
has lost millions in revenue while the profits of private competitors has soared.
In 2006 Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union agreed that we would
work together to tackle the impact of competition in the mail market, use government
investment to introduce automation, improve efficiency, introduce innovative products
that we know customers want and raise the value and status of postal workersâ€™ jobs.
Instead, Royal Mail has ditched the agreement, refused to negotiate a pay settlement
and insisted on unilateral imposition of its cost-cutting business plan with mass job
losses and cuts to membersâ€™ pay and pensions. Royal Mail has been deliberately
misleading the public by saying the CWU wants a 27% pay rise. The CWU has never
asked for a 27% pay rise.
Thatâ€™s why the CWU are asking for your support in our campaign to stop Royal Mailâ€™s
cuts, end unfair competition and preserve a vital public service.
DEFENDING POSTAL SERVICES
A combination of Royal Mail s slash and burn strategy and rigged competition rules
now threaten the future of Britain s universal postal service. As competitors queue up
to cream off the most lucrative work, Royal Mail is facing a financial black hole and
proposing a swingeing round of cuts both to postal services and to our members
terms and conditions. Thatâ€™s why the CWU is asking you to support our calls for:
â€¢ Royal Mail to enter meaningful talks with the CWU on resolving pay and major
change and to honour the 2006 agreement which committed both parties to agree
a joint approach on pay and modernisation.
â€¢ A Government review of the damaging impact of competition on Royal Mail to date,
in line with Labourâ€™s manifesto commitment.
â€¢ An immediate change to Postcommâ€™s competition rules and a fairer pricing and access
regime that gives Royal Mail the revenues it needs to support the universal postal
service and post office network.
> NO TO POST OFFICE CLOSURES
END UNFAIR COMPETITION <
> A DECENT LIVING WAGE FOR POSTAL WORKERS
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