So.. it’s been miserable for anyone who uses the post frequently or in any way for important items. The post strike is biting and biting hard. But.. what is it all about? Why can’t it be settled and quickly? Let’s check out what they are all saying.
At the heart of the dispute lies pay and potential job cuts. The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) rejects a 2.5% pay offer and is warning that the Royal Mail’s modernisation plans will lead to 40,000 job losses. The pay of postal workers needs to rise to the national average over the next five years, the union argues, but Royal Mail management maintains this would amount to an 27% increase that it cannot afford.
The BBC summarises the Post Office’s argument quite well:-
Royal Mail says that it has been losing business to its rivals since the postal market was opened to competition, and urgently needs to modernise its business practices. Since the liberalisation of the UK postal service in 2005, there are now 17 other companies competing against Royal Mail, especially in the more profitable business mail sector.
The Royal Mail says it has already lost 40% of this corporate market to rivals.
In order to compete, it has to modernise, Royal Mail argues, saying failure to do so has already cost it government deals and, recently, an £8m contract with online retailer Amazon. The company says it is investing £1.2bn in modernisation to ensure it can compete more effectively against its rivals.
So the lines are neatly drawn and we’ve all settled in for a loooong haul. The managers arguing they can’t pay more and the workers arguing that they really don’t want to lose their jobs. Meantime, of course, the newer postal companies must be rubbing their hands in glee and swooping in to pick up the business taht is going begging.
Anybody like to knock the collective organisation’s heads together?
But, what I really want to hear is the side of the men and women on the ground. I don’t think for a moment that the posties really want to be on strike -dedicated workers don’t take strike action lightly – but they feel they have to do something to protect their livelihood.
So… come on posties… tell us your side of the story. Why are you really on strike?
And, if, as a consumer, the strike has impacted on you let us know how?
Let’s talk about this…..