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We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

16 Mar 2020, 13:16

https://tribunemag.co.uk/2020/03/we-need-our-posties

We Need Our Posties

By Dave Ward

Coronavirus reminds us all how crucial it is to have a social fabric that supports communities, particularly those who are vulnerable. That's why Britain's posties are fighting to stop Royal Mail from destroying the universal service.

As the coronavirus crisis deepens and the country is gripped by increasing restrictions on what we can and can’t do, the role of a postal worker in connecting every city, town, village and rural community across the UK comes into sharper focus.

On Tuesday we announce the result of our Royal Mail Group industrial action ballot and this is the third time in three years we have balloted our members in defence of jobs and the services we provide to the public and the business community.

The very existence of daily deliveries is under threat and our argument is it would be a fundemental mistake to turn Royal Mail into just another glorified parcels courier.

Instead, we should be looking to enhance and expand the social and economic role of a postal worker. An example of this could be delivering medicines and medical equipment to the door. The postal service is and must continue to be part of the social fabric of the country. This is what we are fighting for and we want your support.

Final post on Monday will be the last chance for CWU members to post back their ballot papers. So, if you take a delivery or see your postie out and about on Monday please show them support and remind them to vote.

The support of the public to our members cannot be underestimated. A simple thank you or good luck will mean the world.

And in return we promise we will fight to protect the services we provide to you. As millions of people face isolation, many of whom will be elderly or vulnerable, the only person they may see is the local postal worker.

This is a battle of ethos. This is public service vs. private dogma. This is community vs. shareholder greed. This is the people vs. the establishment.

In a society which is becoming increasingly selfish, increasingly divided and increasingly individualistic, the sight of 110,000 workers standing together as one is something we should all be proud of.

Many governments and managerial teams have tried and failed to break the bond between postal workers and their union.

They’ve failed because of the members. They’ve failed because of the CWU. But they’ve also failed because of your support.

We will set out our full campaign for public support once the ballot closes on Tuesday but for now please say hello to your postal worker on Monday. Your solidarity inspires us.


About the Author
Dave Ward is general secretary of the Communication Workers Union.

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

16 Mar 2020, 13:53

Very good but Your dealing with a CEO who
A. Doesn’t live in this Country
B. Doesn’t give a F

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

16 Mar 2020, 18:08

Apologies, I locked this as I thought it was posted twice, it's now back open.

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

16 Mar 2020, 20:01

POSTMAN wrote:Apologies, I locked this as I thought it was posted twice, it's now back open.


It is. TrueBlueTerrier posted it on the 14th in the NEWS forum

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

17 Mar 2020, 05:37

Ester Ranston (who seems to be chief spokesperson for all pensioners these days) yesterday mentioned the valuable role that posties can play when it comes to checking up on old and vulnerable people at times like this.

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

17 Mar 2020, 10:11

wacko74 wrote:Ester Ranston (who seems to be chief spokesperson for all pensioners these days) yesterday mentioned the valuable role that posties can play when it comes to checking up on old and vulnerable people at times like this.

Say that to any royal mail manager.....and the answer will be?......................

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

17 Mar 2020, 17:36

This is the people vs the establishment.
Ward has morphed into Farage.

As for acting as the 4th emergency service .....isn't that the AA?

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

18 Mar 2020, 02:20

'This is the people vs. the establishment'
Good grief..
Thank god this was only published in a niche publication and not a national newspaper.
I don't want to be Rico's pawn or enter Dave Ward's class war.
I voted Yes to give the CWU the best chance of negotiating a good outcome, and protect our existing terms and conditions. I don't want to be anyone's foot-soldier !

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

30 Mar 2020, 01:29

Dave Ward couldn’t lead us out of a one way street.

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

30 Mar 2020, 01:34

Where does he get the “110,000 standing together “ from? A third couldn’t be arsed to vote.

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

04 Apr 2020, 02:24

clashcityrocker wrote:This is the people vs the establishment.
Ward has morphed into Farage.

As for acting as the 4th emergency service .....isn't that the AA?

5th RM

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

04 Apr 2020, 02:50

Well here goes we might just need us to do the bit's others will hide away from special case for all? No. Do we need a postal service when internet is wide spread? YES we do we don't have replicators yet. Should they be treated any better than others? Depends on the circumstances ie if you need your items on time but this can very in area to area. Why IS my postman/woman grumpy well it is because about 20% were in an at risk and others were told to self isolate so the burden falls upon them. This will take a long term toll upon them but this is not to say the people who are self isolating or are medically isolating are wrong in what they are doing it is for the management to staff the office. But given the case we had agreement which was not implemented on the hours we serve would not one hour off in the last agreement should be self inforced by communication by lettter to all CWU members and be a welcome retort for non payment of overtime!

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

08 Apr 2020, 01:50

Surely the word “by”in the subject heading of this thread is an abbreviation for “ to pay the salary of”.
Does anyone know how much this joker gets paid?

We Need Our Posties - By Dave Ward

08 Apr 2020, 01:56

In 2017....... £116,573............. and I thought the tv license fee was expensive!!

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