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Battle for Oxford post

by Paul Garraway, branch secretary, CWU South Central No1 (pc)
Issue No. 2108

CWU union members in Oxford delivery offices are balloting over executive action – changes imposed without consultation with the union – by Royal Mail.

The company has made major changes to deliveries, including the collapsing of deliveries. This is where an extra delivery round is shared out among post workers and then delivered for free on top of their present duty.

The imposition of this action flies in the face of last year’s national agreement between the company and the union.

With the agreement of the CWU, Royal Mail are at present trialing the collapsing of duties in various delivery offices around the country. Not one of these trial offices is in Oxford.

The imposition of this action makes a mockery of both the agreement and the trials, while the effect on the service is clearly detrimental.

Royal Mail has also taken further executive action by removing night workers from town centre delivery offices, which has pushed delivery times back even further.

On top of all this, our bosses have declared their intention to “redesign” the deliveries in our delivery offices.

Unlike in other parts of the country, this redesign will happen without any input from the CWU. In one office this could increase of workloads by up to 20 percent, and will come on top of the extra work from collapsing duties.

The overall effect of all this will be the further destruction of a public service and will ensure even later deliveries to the public. And this is before Royal Mail attempt to shut the Oxford Mail Centre!

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Tue 1 Jul 2008, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2108
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