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Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 08:25

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/49138 ... kebreakers

Bosses at Royal Mail are recruiting a scab workforce of thousands to try and break a coming national strike.

CWU union members have discovered adverts for more than 6,000 temporary Royal Mail jobs at workplaces right around the country.

The jobs are advertised as temporary positions for delivery drivers and warehouse operatives. They’re part of a national recruitment drive—launched without the agreement of the union—following a massive strike vote by Royal Mail workers last week.

Mark Dolan, a CWU rep in north London told Socialist Worker, “This is a scab workforce. This is Royal Mail upping the ante.

“What we see here are jobs advertised across the country. And I know in north London this has not been discussed with us—and certainly not agreed by us.”

The discovery comes as more than 110,000 workers in Royal Mail are preparing for their first national strike in a decade.

Ballot

CWU members delivered a 97 percent vote in favour of strikes in a ballot that ended last week. They’re gearing up for what CWU general secretary Dave Ward has called “the fight of our lives”—a battle to stop bosses smashing Royal Mail to pieces.

A previous agreement between Royal Mail and the union means they now have to spend two weeks considering the outcome of talks with an external mediator. But as the CWU’s London Division said, the scabbing operation is “proof that Royal Mail didn’t want to reach an agreement.”

They added that the jobs are “not only to try and break any potential strike, but also a clear indication of their intention and long term aim to recruit an alternative, cheaper workforce to deliver parcels.”

There were attempts to recruit strikebreakers in the 2009 post strike. This was met with protests.

Chief executive Rico Back now wants to break up Royal Mail into a parcels delivery company run for profit, and a letters company that will be run down. Packages would instead be delivered later in the day and sorted separately from letters in special automated parcels “hubs”.

Mark said the plan would “crucify jobs if they get away with it”. It would mean taking vital work out of Royal Mail, with new parcels delivery drivers employed on much worse pay and conditions.

He warned that the working hours advertised for scab drivers—later than a usual delivery worker’s shift—were a sign that bosses are already pushing ahead.

“Significantly these are advertised as 11am-7pm shifts. That’s the alternative workforce delivering parcels in the afternoon,” he said.

Mark added that the move shows bosses aren’t going to back down and make an agreement following the strike vote, as they did in a dispute that ended in 2018 without strikes.

Royal Mail workers will have to take hard-hitting action. Yet official strikes are unlikely to take place until the end of November.

In the meantime the CWU is encouraging its members to speak to people on their deliveries and do what they can to build support for their strike. The union has already received tens of thousands of messages of support via its Twitter hashtag #WeRiseAgain.

And CWU activists report being invited to speak at meetings of other unions to talk about their dispute and how they won their strike ballot.

The news of Royal Mail’s scab workforce should encourage even more trade unionists to get behind the CWU. And it could be the focus of a national demonstration that keeps up the momentum of the campaign—with backing and solidarity from the whole trade union movement.

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 08:36

[quote="TrueBlueTerrier"]https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/49138/Revealed+Royal+Mail+is+recruiting+strikebreakers

Bosses at Royal Mail are recruiting a scab workforce of thousands to try and break a coming national strike.

CWU union members have discovered adverts for more than 6,000 temporary Royal Mail jobs at workplaces right around the country.

The jobs are advertised as temporary positions for delivery drivers and warehouse operatives. They’re part of a national recruitment drive—launched without the agreement of the union—following a massive strike vote by Royal Mail workers last week.
a CWU rep in north London told Socialist Worker, “This is a scab workforce. This is Royal Mail upping the ante.
“What we see here are jobs advertised across the country. And I know in north London this has not been discussed with us—and certainly not agreed by us.”
A previous agreement between Royal Mail and the union means they now have to spend two weeks considering the outcome of talks with an external mediator. But as the CWU’s London Division said, the scabbing operation is “proof that Royal Mail didn’t want to reach an agreement.”
They added that the jobs are “not only to try and break any potential strike, but also a clear indication of their intention and long term aim to recruit an alternative, cheaper workforce to deliver parcels.”
Chief executive Rico Back now wants to break up Royal Mail into a parcels delivery company run for profit, and a letters company that will be run down. Packages would instead be delivered later in the day and sorted separately from letters in special automated parcels “hubs”... said the plan would “crucify jobs if they get away with it”. It would mean taking vital work out of Royal Mail, with new parcels delivery drivers employed on much worse pay and conditions... the working hours advertised for scab drivers—later than a usual delivery worker’s shift—were a sign that bosses are already pushing ahead.“Significantly these are advertised as 11am-7pm shifts. That’s the alternative workforce delivering parcels in the afternoon,” he said.
...the move shows bosses aren’t going to back down and make an agreement following the strike vote
Royal Mail workers will have to take hard-hitting action.
THE GLOVES ARE OFF I TELLS YA... :coolr

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 15:10

Where are they advertised?

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 15:12

I was under the impression we weren't allowed to use the 'S' word on here. :silenced

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 15:15

I've got an interview on Tuesday , see what I can find out :Very Happy :Very Happy :Very Happy :Very Happy :Very Happy :Very Happy

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 17:39

prob xmas casuals

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 18:15

hans solo wrote:prob xmas casuals

to sort mail that wont be delivered? :Very Happy

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 19:20

daveyeff wrote:
hans solo wrote:prob xmas casuals

to sort mail that wont be delivered? :Very Happy


The jobs are advertised as temporary positions for delivery drivers and warehouse operatives. They’re part of a national recruitment drive—launched without the agreement of the union...NOT XMAS CASUALS...TEMPS NON UNIONISED

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 19:38

How many of us voted to go on strike, 70 odd thousand or so wasnt it? The dubious nature of whats being planned here aside, will these temps make even the tiniest dent if all of us that voted yes go on strike?

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 19:52

I doubt that, they will most probably deliver specials and tracked if we will strike, they can`t hire 80 k plus workers.

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 20:13

Janet Brum wrote:I doubt that, they will most probably deliver specials and tracked if we will strike, they can`t hire 80 k plus workers.


Got disaster written all over it that, normally a good few weeks into the job before you're entrusted with specials especially if they're working by themselves, trying to prioritise loops to accomodate 1pm deadlines etc.

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 21:06

got me gozzzeeebo and bbq ready :Very Happy :Very Happy :dance :dance

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 22:27

Gasman11 wrote:
Janet Brum wrote:I doubt that, they will most probably deliver specials and tracked if we will strike, they can`t hire 80 k plus workers.


Got disaster written all over it that, normally a good few weeks into the job before you're entrusted with specials especially if they're working by themselves, trying to prioritise loops to accomodate 1pm deadlines etc.

Yeah, what I was thinking too, not worth mentioning it as we all know it`s not so easy to be an "unskilled" postie :crazy:

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

24 Oct 2019, 23:13

Janet Brum wrote:
Gasman11 wrote:
Janet Brum wrote:I doubt that, they will most probably deliver specials and tracked if we will strike, they can`t hire 80 k plus workers.


Got disaster written all over it that, normally a good few weeks into the job before you're entrusted with specials especially if they're working by themselves, trying to prioritise loops to accomodate 1pm deadlines etc.

Yeah, what I was thinking too, not worth mentioning it as we all know it`s not so easy to be an "unskilled" postie :crazy:


I cant see the mail being touched by the "alternative workforce". I expect it'll be Trackeds, maybe even other parcels if its looking quiet. I would expect management to take out Specials but they'll probably get given with the Tracks.

Revealed - Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

25 Oct 2019, 19:28

Am I missing something, but are not Royal Mail management bound to the four pillars agreement by law.
Also, laughable that casuals will clear our rounds ha ha, that I would doubt very much. The fight is on.

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