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Management think Royal Mail cuts are a ‘rollercoaster’

Issue No. 2169

Has David Brent from BBC comedy The Office got a job as a Royal Mail manager? Two leaked letters seen by Socialist Worker suggest this possibility.

In a memo to workers in his delivery office in east London, Trevor Williams lists a series of attacks that he has managed to push through as if they were a shared badge of honour.

“Who reduced their rest day overtime?” he asks. “You did,” comes the answer. “Who challenged the four-day week and changed it back to five-day attendances? You did.”

Trevor concludes with more mystical thoughts: “I asked if you would join me on the journey. You are certainly on the journey and a rollercoaster of a journey it is!!”

But in a memo to junior managers in north London, Nicholas Berry reveals bosses’ problems over planned cuts:

“The quicker you get to your opportunity, the better it will be for us. I am feeling the pressure from my boss, so you need to act to remove that pressure for me. I am not looking for reasons why this cannot be done. I am looking for you to say why it will be done.”


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