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Postal workers

by Peterborough postal worker
Issue No. 1919

POSTAL WORKERS at Peterborough’s Werrington sorting office walked out unofficially last week over the effects of Royal Mail’s new once a day delivery system.

The new system has created a backlog of more than 240,000 letters at the sorting office, making it impossible for us to hit targets.

We’ve been asked to cover extra shifts to clear the stack of letters. Every day we’re told to work harder and to carry more mail around on delivery.

But because the targets are unachievable, we won’t be getting any extra money.

This is what prompted about 100 of us to walk out on Thursday. We were joined the next day by some non-delivery staff.

We went back on Saturday, and now talks are set to take place with management this week.

If we don’t get the money I’m stuffing the job—and lots of my mates feel the same way.

The service is getting worse—and it’s also getting worse for workers.

The only people profiting are management and those thirsting for privatisation.

At a mass meeting on Tuesday morning, workers demanded that the union should hold an immediate strike ballot over this crucial issue.

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Sat 18 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1919
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