Socialist Worker

Pressure in Streatham

Issue No. 2072

Managers at the Streatham delivery office in south west London are responding to the union’s “do the job properly” campaign by trying to force workers to break health and safety agreements.

This potentially puts both workers and the public at risk.

The bosses are insisting that all staff use high capacity trolleys (HCTs), in an effort to clear the huge backlog of mail created by the union’s campaign to take proper breaks, and refuse to carry bags that are too heavy.

Tom Biggs, the CWU’s area safety rep, told Socialist Worker that the HCTs weigh up to 105kg and could seriously injure those who are not properly trained to use them.

“We have an agreement about how HCTs are to be used, which includes an assessment of risk,” he said.

“Royal Mail is trying to break it. And that could put both workers and the public at risk.”

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