Socialist Worker

Postal workers

by Two CWU union members
Issue No. 1925

ROYAL MAIL management in Peterborough came up with a deal over our outstanding bonus just hours before we were due to strike on Monday.

We had already held an unofficial walkout last month, and had voted by 77 percent for official strikes.

Most of the 300 of us at the Werrington office voted to accept management’s last minute promise to cough up.

But some of us wanted to go ahead with the strike to ensure the bonus is paid.

After the single delivery system was introduced we were promised a bonus of £26.28 a week if we hit the targets.

To get the cash we have to carry and sort a daily load which is 50 percent greater than before.

Yes, you read it right, that’s half as much again. And we had to hit the targets on four consecutive weeks.

The management have muddied the waters by counting the work of casuals. The casuals obviously aren’t as well qualified as the permanent staff, so it means driving down the results.

It’s bad enough being driven to work so much harder and faster.

It’s a bloody insult when you don’t get the money at the end of it!

Royal Mail think they can spit at us and we’ll go away, but we’re serious.


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Sat 30 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1925
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