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CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

17 Aug 2019, 14:45

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CWU reps are coming together next week in national meetings to discuss vital issues in Royal Mail and Parcelforce. It’s becoming clear as every day passes that postal workers represented by the CWU are heading for strike action against a newly installed, openly anti-union management.

Just over a year ago, the Four Pillars agreement was signed. It was viewed by almost everyone as a victory for the CWU. One that would lead to a period of reasonable stability in a newly privatised Royal Mail and which included a path to a 35-hour week.

In addition there was a review into the culture within Royal Mail, with joint visits to units to review what was going on in the workplace.

But what has become clear to every single postal worker is that the bullying culture within Royal Mail has past breaking point. Hardly a week goes by without a workplace across the UK not taking some form of action – either official or unofficial – to defend our members against the extremes of management actions.

It’s not uncommon for them to push our members beyond breaking point. Some of the behaviours of management are beyond contempt.

It was reported this week that one member was signed off sick and on their second day off he was visited by a manager. When the member said he was too ill to speak this was met with: “You f***ing Liar”. This is not an uncommon type of behaviour around the country.

It is not a case of one or two rogue managers, it is widespread. It’s more unusual to find a reasonable manager than it is to find a bully. As such, the time for us to fight this on a unit by unit basis is now over. It must be taken up on a national level.

Since the the Four Pillars was signed we have seen a complete change in the national senior management team who signed off on the agreement. The old CEO Moyà Greene has been replaced with Rico Back, who came from GLS – a parcel company in Europe owned by Royal Mail.

He has never recognised trade unions and was paid £6 million as a welcome, despite already being employed by the Royal Mail group. Some of his first actions were to replace the so-called “doves” who negotiated the Four Pillars, with the so-called “hawks” who where sidelined during the dispute.

But only last week the hawks where not seen to be hawkish enough for him and his vision of the once great Royal Mail. They have now been removed from the company and a new group of senior managers have come in. None have any history of dealing with a trade union, so it look like the vultures have replaced the hawks

Job losses
Royal Mail have announced their 5 year plan, which has many major issues for postal workers across the country. The new parcel plan and the building of three new parcels hubs will mean around 20,000 job losses across the UK. This alongside what has been announced to make Parcelforce a new separate limited company.

The membership are to be TUPE across to the new company. This is clearly a major danger to the whole of our membership as it will mean, if not overturned, the start of the complete break-up of Royal Mail. It therefore must be fought by all means. If Parcelforce was to go, what’s to stop the breaking up of the company piece by piece?

The CWU leadership have just had two days of talks with Royal Mail where the management have agreed that we are in dispute with them. As part of the national agreement it now goes to external mediation. But in the words of of Deputy General Secretary Postal Terry Pullinger, the mood and words are showing all the signs that we are heading towards a national dispute.

Our members are due another one hour reduction from the working week this October but its clear Royal Mail want this at no cost and want to use PDA actual to do this, which is completely against the Four Pillars agreement. They want the postal worker to work at 100%, 100% of the time. This is completely impossible and would mean running our members into the ground. It is completely unacceptable

We are heading towards a dispute. A fight that will be about whose interests the business is run. Is it for big business and the vultures of capitalism or about providing a public service?

We now must be visiting every single workplace, speaking to our membership and preparing them for the fight ahead. We must make it clear to management they too are heading for a fight where there will be only one winner – and that will be the union.

We took on all the previous CEOs and chased them away. We should prepare to hit them hard right away, if we require to, with action over and above a 24-hour stoppage

There is also a political view that we need to push, as I did in my election material for the recent NEC and PEC election. I said that it not enough for us to campaign for Labour to renationalise Royal Mail, we must go further and call for all the senior management to be completely removed as they have no interest in running a public service. We need complete workers’ and community control of the once great Royal Mail.

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

17 Aug 2019, 15:45

Once that meeting takes place every branch should have a branch meeting and HQ could probably do with sending something out to every member who works at either RM or PF (but keeping to the stuff relevant to which they work for). I wonder how many who don't visit this site don't have any idea what's going on

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

17 Aug 2019, 17:32

How long till' the sun' get hold of it?

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

17 Aug 2019, 18:59

Once they've ran out of s**t about the Royals, the Lottery and reality to shows to print.

Oh and let's not forget the lies about Hillsborough.....

f**k The Scum

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

17 Aug 2019, 21:02

Why didn’t they ‘visit every single workplace ‘ about the ongoing bullying and harassment of their ever paying members .
I’m sorry but all the cwu are concerned about now ,is themselves
Rico’s next move will be to remove all the money they pay to the union,release time and perks
They haven’t shown much interest in individual cases of bullying ,now this has all come home to roost.
I support the union and always have done ,but I’m getting very very disillusioned by it all

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

17 Aug 2019, 23:02

The very existence of the union is at stake the union should reevaluate it's principals and priority's but first and foremost should be arming the members with information and consolidation of the members for the fight that will determine the existence of unionisation in our land 200 years ago people died for the right to vote least the CWU should do is inform us all about things that we pay representation for!

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

17 Aug 2019, 23:14

How many union members, come in early for free, don't take their breaks, run around their walks, etc, etc?

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

17 Aug 2019, 23:43

SpacePhoenix wrote:How many union members, come in early for free, don't take their breaks, run around their walks, etc, etc?

Is that cause or reaction we need to understand reasons behind actions!

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

18 Aug 2019, 06:34

TrueBlueTerrier wrote:http://socialistpartyscotland.org.uk/2019/08/15/cwu-members-heading-for-a-national-dispute-with-bullying-royal-mail-bosses/?fbclid=IwAR0VyKBtPJdnc0kmPYNBrZatQp7uvsrdVcgDzpKnUP9zckkabSrwyQLIp3c

CWU reps are coming together next week in national meetings to discuss vital issues in Royal Mail and Parcelforce. It’s becoming clear as every day passes that postal workers represented by the CWU are heading for strike action against a newly installed, openly anti-union management....
... call for all the senior management to be completely removed as they have no interest in running a public service. We need complete workers’ and community control of the once great Royal Mail.

:thumbup :Very Happy :Applause :pray :wink: 200 years since the Manchester Peterloo massacre of democratic citizens by the 'powers that be'...We have the rights to vote and that vote should NEVER be wasted. :coolr I'm in for the long haul and will never let the pinstriped feckers take what's rightfully mine: the greedy CUNTHS :hmmmm

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

18 Aug 2019, 10:26

I work at a office which is very efficient, I use to be one of the so called runners, even though I am 56 I am very fit for my age, my problem is the offices around my area are still finishing around one hour before their time most days , and we are told everybody is been watched,pda actuals, we had our sector manager at our office two weeks ago he told us all how efficient our office was he was also aware other offices were finishing early on a regular basis, what people need to realize all these stats will be used by royal mail when it comes to the crunch, I have already been through this with collection revisions, all the collection staff were telling me how it was impossible to cut duties, well scanning times were shown to me, I was even asked to pick a week xmas included, which I did 3 out of 7 were taken, the revision guy even offered to go out with the staff, all declined, made me look like a complete idiot, come in on your time, work to your time, go home, simple, I was talking to an ex royal mail worker on Saturday, who now works for Hermes he told me that they had just won four contracts off royal mail, and expect to win a lot off business when we go on strike be careful what you wish for.

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

18 Aug 2019, 19:58

billycat wrote:I work at a office which is very efficient, I use to be one of the so called runners, even though I am 56 I am very fit for my age, my problem is the offices around my area are still finishing around one hour before their time most days , and we are told everybody is been watched,pda actuals, we had our sector manager at our office two weeks ago he told us all how efficient our office was he was also aware other offices were finishing early on a regular basis, what people need to realize all these stats will be used by royal mail when it comes to the crunch, I have already been through this with collection revisions, all the collection staff were telling me how it was impossible to cut duties, well scanning times were shown to me, I was even asked to pick a week xmas included, which I did 3 out of 7 were taken, the revision guy even offered to go out with the staff, all declined, made me look like a complete idiot, come in on your time, work to your time, go home, simple, I was talking to an ex royal mail worker on Saturday, who now works for Hermes he told me that they had just won four contracts off royal mail, and expect to win a lot off business when we go on strike be careful what you wish for.


Sitting back and doing nothing against this terrible management is not an option.

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

22 Aug 2019, 14:58

This is our royal mail not some greedy erm ( ppl )at the top end who have one interest themselves . They view us as nothing, its the peoples royal mail . Look whats happened to the post office ,,, grow a set .

CWU members heading for a national dispute with bullying Royal Mail bosses

22 Aug 2019, 15:31

ive worked for royal mail for 18 years and its always been them and us ,why o why do we have to play games all the time im sick and fed up with royal mail.

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