It’s a simple question; who is telling the truth; Royal Mail or the Communication Workers Union (CWU)? Both sides agreed to modernise the industry and signed up to that; well done the CWU. Was that seen as a show of weakness by management?
The union now says that they (management) are abandoning the spirit of that agreement and becoming more and more ‘gung-ho’ as jobs wages and services are cut; that’s the question; would the CWU have agreed to something like that? I think not. The union actually accepted that there would be job losses and that they would cooperate to handle them in the most just way so; something is clearly going wrong. Here is a crucial question from the CWU “how will the changes to be made affect the men and women who actually drive the vans and push the letters through the doors” a reasonable request from any union charged with the responsibility of protecting its members surely? The Royal Mail have decided that they either don’t know the answer or they are not saying, this stinks as far as I’m concerned; a massive aspect of any deal and they are silent about it; would you trust the bosses if you were a ‘Postie’ it’s a no brainer. The union fears 60,000 lost jobs; the management don’t agree but will not say how many, do you believe them? Perhaps it’s more.
The union agreed to arbitration and management said no; why not? Is this what management mean when they agree to cooperate? The Govt. according to some sources accused some post workers of going home early without trying to provide proof; perhaps the PO Workers should adopt the same standards of diligence and honesty common among those ‘workers’ who represent us in Parliament! The CWU is looking for a sum of £10bn. to protect workers pensions; critics should think about what was done for the filthy rich bankers and fly by night ‘Del boys’ in the city before criticising this request.
Lord Mandelson wanted to sell off part of the Royal Mail before but; it became obvious that the idea did not have public support and crucially for him and the Govt. it had little or no support in the Labour Party; he backed down. This situation has not changed; I have been a member of the Labour Party for approx 35 years and I don’t know one single party member who does not support the CWU and the PO Workers; the union can win this and we must support them.
The miners were criticised by the establishment media for not holding a national ballot and here we have an overwhelming ballot victory for industrial action and guess what? the media seem to be ignoring it; it wasn’t the result they wanted and the workers all 100,000 who will strike are now according to the press “stupid and suicidal” my advice is to ignore the media; no matter what you do or say they will never support you; when it comes to the crunch it’s always the same it’s “we are sympathetic and we all love the posties but; enough is enough; come on now lads and lassies let’s not have everyone’s Christmas ruined” it’s never “come on management address the posties rightful concerns”, never, they are a bunch of quisling b******s.
The Govt. are the sole share holders in Royal Mail; get on to your MP’s and express your support for the people who deliver your mail every day in every kind of weather; the people who don’t just deliver mail but also provide a life line to many people who rely on them they are a great British institution.
BACK THE POST WORKERS STRIKE!