17 Nov 2019, 16:10
Not quite shafted by the establishment but most definitely the system is geared towards supporting employers and thwarting unions and industrial action even when members have voted overwhelmingly to take action.
We have some of the most severe regulations designed to curtail union action and provide employers with an abundance of opportunities to deny individual members the opportunity to take part in action.
The CWU has to deal with an employer who has resources such as videos, letters to homes, magazines, wtl&l sessions and an abundance of managers directing their energy to pushing Royal Mails message while undermining the union.
The CWU represents individuals working across several hundred different locations, in units ranging from 2 people, to units of thousands and spread from the valleys in Wales to the highlands in Scotland, the glens of Antrim to the cities and coastal areas of England.
Despite all of this our union has managed to organise us and motivate us to deliver one of the largest mandates for IA ever seen. Our union and its leaders have consistently delivered better terms and conditions for us than workers in similar industries receive.
Yes, it is right to question and criticise the performance of those who represent us in negotiations but please bear in mind all of the above.
THE COURIER: DON'T BIN IT, DON'T BURN IT, RETURN IT.
18 Nov 2019, 17:30
Woody Guthrie wrote:It wasn't the 'establishment' that shafted us.
It was a poor decision by the comms department of the union who got themselves so excited by Twitter and Facebook that they forgot the law on workplace ballots.
They encouraged members to do stupid things which gave RM all the ammunition they needed and the 'establishment' just did what they do.
However rather than actually learn from our mistakes we appear to be descending to the level of Farage politics and blaming "The Establishment".
I presume this is the official union line given that our rep trotted out the same garbage.
Rather than learn from our mistakes we are using social media to accuse the judiciary of corruption. What next - a cover of the Voice with a picture of the "traitor"?
Being a CWU member is increasingly an embarrassment.
How much of our money are they pissing down the drain this time?
I think Mr Pullinger should consider his position.
Gate meeting this morning the rep told us all it was the fault of a "Tory Judge". You couldn't make it up.
18 Nov 2019, 20:57
The way I see it is RM will always challenge it the vote that is but we could have preempted them by calling a strike after the ballot was announced four weeks ago. The fact is though the system is weighted against the unions and for that the workers of this nation!