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‘The post is in danger. We must defend it.’

Postal workers have been sending their views to Socialist Worker:

Issue No. 2057

Terry from Liverpool: We need better pay, not pay cuts. I start work at 5am on deliveries. That means getting up at a time which most people would regard as the middle of the night.

There’s almost no social life and half the time I fall asleep in front of the television at 9pm. We get only two days off over Christmas and at the end of the week I take home around £255.

Geoff from London: Brilliant mood in my office. We’re all just waiting to come out.

I’m with the people who are reminding everyone that, as individuals, we have the right to refuse overtime, the right to refuse to use our cars on deliveries, the right to have our bag weighed before we go out, the right to take our proper breaks, the right not to come in a minute earlier than our start time, the right to finish at the end of our time, even if it means cutting off the delivery.

And I suggest we do all this!

Tracey from south west England: I’m bloody fed up with Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier saying we’re overpaid. Crozier got £1 million last year, and a bonus of £2.2 million in 2005!

And how much does he get for being on the boards of Camelot and Debenhams? Leighton has had ten directorships on the go at the same time.

They’re the parasites. They’re the ones who need to get into the real world.

Mark from Birmingham: We’re already seeing the cuts coming in the service.

Three years ago the second delivery went (really it was the first delivery that went!). Now the regulator Postcomm says it will let deliveries be cut from six to five days a week.

And as businesses want to keep Saturday for junk mail deliveries, the day that is cut could well be one in the week.

The regulator also wants to reduce Royal Mail’s obligation to deliver everywhere.

The post is in danger – let’s defend it.

Steve from the Midlands: At our CWU union conference I helped win an argument in my delegation that we should withdraw support from Alan Johnson for the deputy leader of the Labour Party – and we won the motion!

I note that Johnson failed to be elected by 0.44 of a percent. I nourish in my heart the tiny hope that our conference vote played a role in stopping the man who was first our union leader and then backed privatisation of the post.

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Tue 26 Jun 2007, 18:38 BST
Issue No. 2057
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