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Comment: Posties, among the true heroes of the crisis

28 Mar 2020, 18:10

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Comment: Posties, among the true heroes of the crisis


SIMON ENGLISH
The Evening Standard

It’s worth remembering where the Royal Mail was in the public perception before the crisis.

Unions were truculent, seemingly always on the verge of calling a strike. The service was a source of complaint. Letter and parcel deliveries were getting ever more expensive.

And if you bought the shares when they floated in 2013 at 330p, you have seen them more than halve.

So the business was far from loved in the City either.

Perhaps it was understandable if the view was that Royal Mail would, and perhaps should, soon become a small arm of Amazon.

How different things are now. Along with the NHS, binmen and postal staff are among our heroes.

Postmen and women work tirelessly and at some risk to deliver letters and parcels to folk trapped inside homes, some of whom are lonely, all of whom miss contact with the outside world.

Typically, postal staff earn about £20,000 a year. If it is true that once this crisis is over we are going to have a reckoning about who is really worth celebrating in this country, posties are near the top of the list.

Comment: Posties, among the true heroes of the crisis

28 Mar 2020, 19:57

We are the main fabric that keeps this country running and connected, nationally and locally, and neighbours where a postie lives should be out clapping just like they did for the NHS workers.

Comment: Posties, among the true heroes of the crisis

29 Mar 2020, 09:52

Yip totally agree we are ,you wouldn't see a lot of working class taking the gamble of working outside thorough this pandemic and working in small office's and not much ppe to protect us


Go on the Postie's were all fighters

Comment: Posties, among the true heroes of the crisis

29 Mar 2020, 12:53

Given current instructions contained in Boris Johnson's letter (see below) being issued to all UK residents, in particular, his advice on social distancing: When you do have to leave your home, you should ensure, wherever possible, that you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household. How can Royal Mail justify the continuation of the "park and loop" route delivery methodology? With two postal workers in close proximity in the van, this practice endangers the safety of all posties. It must stop. Has it?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to the UK to outline the government's current plan for the containment of coronavirus and the measures that the public can take to stay safe.

I am writing to you to update you on the steps we are taking to combat coronavirus.

In just a few short weeks, everyday life in this country has changed dramatically. We all feel the profound impact of coronavirus not just on ourselves, but on our loved ones and our communities.

I understand completely the difficulties this disruption has caused to your lives, businesses and jobs. But the action we have taken is absolutely necessary, for one very simple reason.

If too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to cope. This will cost lives. We must slow the spread of the disease, and reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment in order to save as many lives as possible.

That is why we are giving one simple instruction – you must stay at home.

You should not meet friends or relatives who do not live in your home. You may only leave your home for very limited purposes, such as buying food and medicine, exercising once a day and seeking medical attention. You can travel to and from work but should work from home if you can.

When you do have to leave your home, you should ensure, wherever possible, that you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

These rules must be observed. So, if people break the rules, the police will issue fines and disperse gatherings.

I know many of you will be deeply worried about the financial impact on you and your family. The Government will do whatever it takes to help you make ends meet and put food on the table.

The enclosed leaflet sets out more detail about the support available and the rules you need to follow. You can also find the latest advice at gov.uk/coronavirus

From the start, we have sought to put in the right measures at the right time. We will not hesitate to go further if that is what the scientific and medical advice tells us we must do.

It’s important for me to level with you – we know things will get worse before they get better. But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal.

I want to thank everyone who is working flat out to beat the virus, in particular the staff in our fantastic NHS and care sector across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It has been truly inspirational to see our doctors, nurses and other carers rise magnificently to the needs of the hour.

Thousands of retired doctors and nurses are returning to the NHS – and hundreds of thousands of citizens are volunteering to help the most vulnerable. It is with that great British spirit that we will beat coronavirus and we will beat it together.

That is why, at this moment of national emergency, I urge you, please, to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Boris Johnson

Comment: Posties, among the true heroes of the crisis

29 Mar 2020, 12:58

Shared vans stopped last week
Last edited by POSTMAN on 29 Mar 2020, 13:31, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: There is no need to quote the whole 1st post.

Comment: Posties, among the true heroes of the crisis

29 Mar 2020, 13:43

OK that is very good to know!

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