19 Oct 2019, 09:58
So to sum this press conference up and give some feedback to all members via reps in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland:
1. This is the fight of our lives; our livelihood and our last and only chance to defend a 500 year old service that delivers from Belfast to Norfolk; Northumberland to the Isle of Skye 6 days a week for the same price.
2. This is very expensive however, the price is more than worth it for the service our hard working members provide and one which competitors cannot compete with. We have a massive infrastructure and as Terry Pullinger pointed out it is an infrastructure that Rico Bac has been given nigh on 5 million pounds of shareholders money. What he didn't say although he alluded to it several times is that it is 5 million pounds of shareholders money, money that could have been invested in improving that infrastructure and the technology that goes with it.
Rico Back has a very definite plan and it is obvious by the nature of his antagonism that he will have anticipated a large mandate for strike action although perhaps not a 97% yes vote by CWU members however; I would not be deceived. As I have said in a previous post I and other CWU representatives believe he is banking on the actual turn-out or amount of people who actually follow through and take decisive industrial action over a number of consecutive days.
3.Back will wear us down in his vision as strike action close to X-mas is as damaging for our members as it is for our customers and shareholders.
We believe that he believes we DO NOT HAVE THE GUTS FOR IT ANY MORE!
4. It is vitally important as Dave Ward and Terry Pullinger have iterated that thousands of jobs are at stake here. We are the 3rd biggest contributor to the economy in terms of paying towards Tax and NS which is of no interest to Back who lives a millionaires life in Switzerland.
5. The USO (the obligation for Royal Mail to deliver anywhere in the UK for a universal price 6 days a week) is up for review next year and if Boris gets a majority in the forthcoming election then it looks likely that the USO will be abandoned which could mean 50,000 job losses and the loss of a national treasure that is part of British life.
6. This time it is not about pay as much as it is about:
The bullying and harassment culture that has stepped up a few gears in recent years.
Protection of the jobs and of the 4 Pillars agreement reached last year and not a single days strike and loss of earnings.
The use of PDA's to track a Postperson's every move and often the bullying that goes with it which has NOT been agreed with the union. The agreement expressly forbade that OPG's and Parcelforce members were to be tagged like common criminals and yet that is the exact direction the technology is taking.
7. To all reps; please express the consequences of crossing the picket line for the sake of a days pay. Crossing that line will mean no pay and no jobs for thousands of our members and self employment and Amazon and GLS conditions for the ones that remain.
I SAY RICO BACK- GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME AND GET SOMEONE WHO IS WILLING TO WORK WITH THE UNION TOWARDS A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.