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This appeared in the London Review of Books recently. It's quite long, but makes for pretty interesting reading.
Fucking terrible. Thanks New Labour, you Thatcher-loving bunch of complete imbeciles.
And as an employee of Royal Mail myself, can agree he makes some good points.
Although as an auditor whose role it is to generate a lot of the figures he talks about, I can wholeheartedly say mail volumes are down, and have gradually reduced over the past 8-10 years.
What he also fails to mention is that many postmen, particularly those that work in delivery offices, use their own transport rather than that provided by Royal Mail and have regularly made between 2-3 hours per day, going home when they've posted their last letter rather than their actual contracted finishing time.
I was wary of taking everything in the piece at face value, because obviously it's just one person's perspective, but it's not a perspective you get to see very often.
My only concern is that a lot of postal workers have been asked to vote in favour of industrial action when technically, unless you happen to work in one of the offices still to implement the 2007 flexibility agreement, it doesn't directly affect them.
It also has a knock-on effect for managerial grades as a lot of the lower/junior levels will be forced into performing work that is not proper to their contractual roles and responsibilities, often through means that are blatant bullying and harassment from senior levels.
Its going to be a turbulent few months ahead, that's for sure...
The LRB is amazing.
which will be great when my undelivered packages now end up on some industrial estate in the middle of bloody knowhere.
And that's also been confirmed internally today.
the best way of getting what they want is by losing Royal Mail business at the most important time of year, particularly since as the CWU openly admit, these changes are mostly as a result of external factors (deregulation).