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Attempt to divide and rule postal workers

by a postal worker
Issue No. 1973

Royal Mail have told all their office managers to cut spending by 4.5 percent next year. This is a breach of its commitments to provide a good service.

Some delivery offices are still struggling with the introduction of the single daily delivery.

More reserves are needed, because it is no longer possible to cover a duty by taking other staff off their second deliveries, as these no longer exist.

One member said on the union discussion page, “We already have a new housing estate being built, and we can’t cope now. Some 1,200 new homes are planned for this area—how can we cut jobs and still deliver to them when they’re built?”

How can Royal Mail stick to a three hour 30 minute delivery span when it’s trying to cut the budget regardless of the local situation?

Divide and rule is also being tried through the “productivity scheme”. If your office makes savings beyond the budget cuts, staff get 50 or 60 percent of the savings in two lump sums this year.

This means that management know they can cut more jobs next year. Finally, we’ve been told if Royal Mail “make £600 million profit” this year, we’ll get £400 each.

When we asked our managers if that bonus figure is the total for each employee, including line managers, and top bosses Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier they refused to answer.

Profits of £600 million would equal over £3,000 per employee. Leighton alone got about £3 million this year.

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Sat 22 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1973
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