The “independent regulator” Postcomm has waded into the current postal dispute.
It has agreed to Royal Mail’s request to suspend, until the end of its current financial year, the payment of compensation to bulk mail customers where industrial action has taken place.
Had it not done so, Royal Mail would have faced fines as quality of service figures dropped.
This would have added to the pressure on Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier.
In a blatantly political judgment, Postcomm says that it “wishes to ensure that the possibility of having to pay compensation does not discourage the company from taking the steps needed to modernise its business, which will be to the benefit of all mail users”.
Who decided that? Shouldn’t Postcomm also consider the devastation of the postal service that Leighton and Crozier have unleashed?
Sarah Chambers, chief executive of Postcomm, has written to Royal Mail bosses, saying, “We trust that the above gives you the comfort you need to make an informed choice as to the likely consequences of the transformation of Royal Mail.”
Postal workers should remember Postcomm’s role in this dispute, and redouble their efforts to get it abolished.