Does anyone honestly believe that letters need to be delivered 6 days per week?
The USO review has been brought forward 2 years for a reason - it is unsustainable / unneccesary in today's world and will only become even less neccessary.
Who are the CWU really fighting for ?????
I understand your sentiments and its true that we can't fight technology - we have seen that with the PDAs. But as for the USO its only unsustainable and unnecessary in Royal Mail's world and they have wanted rid of it even before privatisation. Problem is if Royal Mail still generates a reasonable operating profit and can deliver such a service, why would Ofcom agree to get rid of it??
Mail might be down but as we are the only UK company that delivers letters it makes sense that we will continue delivering letters. Just imagine how much profitable Royal Mail could be if it processed all the letters they delivered instead of companies like UKMail and TNT getting in on the act. D2Ds have a lot of untapped potential IMHO but I think Royal Mail's enthusiasm seems to be all about parcels these days. Its a very simple minded strategy to run the mail down, reduce the workforce, sell off loads of real estate and have us operating as a another glorified courier company. The Union is not about £3.5 million per year in subs lost to CWU HQ; its about ensuring that those who wish to leave are not forced out and can leave on generous redundancy terms. And its about the existing staff who stay getting the best possible deal for remaining with the company.