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Post workers are not lazy

Newspaper columnists were falling over themselves this week to accuse post workers of being lazy. Tam Dewar, a delivery rep for Dumfries and Galloway, spoke to Socialist Worker about the claim.

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“I get up at 4.30am for a 5.30am start five days a week, including Saturdays, and I work until 1.30pm. The kind of people who write rubbish about us simply wouldn’t know what that is like.

“The job is physically demanding from the minute you start until the minute you finish – and it’s getting worse. We are now expected to carry bags weighing 16kgs for an average of three to five miles, up and down stairs and in all weathers.

“The pressure to finish your job, whatever the difficulties, is immense. And if you don’t, the managers call you lazy.

“Yet when they’ve tried to break our strike by doing our job, they’ve discovered it takes three managers to replace one delivery worker.

“I’d say that very few of the journalists that have attacked us could do our job – after all, you have to be both fit and literate to be a postal worker.”


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