I write after the fantastic support for the union’s stance last Friday against Royal Mail’s “slash and burn” race to the bottom strategy.
Starved of investment for decades Royal Mail now faces unfair competition from private operators who collect and sort profitable bulk business mail for a discounted price, before passing it to Royal Mail to deliver over the “final mile”. The result is that Royal Mail has lost millions in revenue while the profits of private competitors have soared.
It is your postman and woman who still deliver this mail to your door in all kinds of weather. CWU members want to do our job serving the public. The union has tried every measure possible to seek a fair resolution to this dispute. The overwhelming 77.5 percent who voted yes for strike action represent 80,000 postal workers.
As competitors queue up to cream off the most lucrative work, Royal Mail is facing a financial black hole and proposing a swingeing round of cuts both to customers’ services and to our members’ terms and conditions. That’s why the CWU calls for:
- Royal Mail to enter meaningful talks with the union on resolving pay and major change, and to honour agreements that committed both parties to agree a joint approach on pay and modernisation.
- An urgent government review of the damaging impact of competition on Royal Mail to date, in line with Labour’s manifesto commitment.
- An immediate change to Postcomm’s competition rules and a fairer pricing and access regime that gives Royal Mail the revenues it needs to support the universal postal service and post office network.
Even at this late stage the union remains committed to reaching an agreement. All postal workers urge Messrs Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier to stop sitting on the sidelines, get their hands dirty and get involved in serious negotiations.
Dennis Kilgariff, South Central Divisional Representative (personal capacity)