Royal Mail chairman Allan Leighton has announced another “share in success” bonus scheme.
It promises a payout of £400 if workers deliver a profit of £600 million by April 2006. Leighton has not negotiated this with the union, he has simply proclaimed it.
It sounds good to have some extra money, which we richly deserve, but it is avoiding the real question of a decent rise in basic pensionable pay. We need rises that happen every week and every year, not gimmicks.
Leighton wants workers to accept that their interests are tied to the profits of the business. That means no profits equals a pay freeze.
We need resistance to the management regime which wants us to think like managers and accountants. Its next step may well be a plan to hand out shares to the workforce, a privatisation scheme.
Simon Midgley, CWU substitute area delivery representative, Bradford and District Amal (pc)
Two post strikes in the south west of England have been averted after last-minute deals. Around 45 workers at the Clevedon delivery office in Somerset, and a similar number at Bristol’s East delivery office were to take action after management withdrew scheduled attendance (guaranteed overtime) for the summer months because of a “lack of work”.
The threat of strikes led to a rethink. Alan West, a CWU union regional spokesperson, told Socialist Worker, “At Clevedon, extra non-delivery work has been put in place to compensate, and in Bristol the scheduled attendance has been reinstated. Crucially there will be negotiations in future, not imposition.'