November 18, 2007

Postal Strikes

I don't understand why there have been all these postal strikes recently.

Presumably someone goes on strike because they don't feel that their work and their reward complement each other.

In the case of the Royal Mail I think this is entirely true. But (and it's a large, full-bodied "but") I think they've got it the wrong way round: given the number of letters we get for the wrong address, given the amount of our mail that presumably goes to the wrong address, given that a postcard clearly addressed to our local MP (in Durham) was recently delivered to Nottingham, given that a postcard clearly addressed to a campaign organisation that just had our address filled in much smaller was returned to us three times despite us adding notes to stop it, I think these postal workers are being paid too much for the work they are doing.

Postal strikes are a huge pain. If they want me to sympathise with their cause (I don't, at all, at the moment), and if they want that sympathy to outweigh the feeling of being pissed off because of the postal strike, they I feel they should first start doing the job they're being paid to do before complaining that they're not being paid enough to do it.

The following hypothetical situation is brought to you by the letter "Pi", and the number 3.14159265358etc:

Me: You're not paying me enough. I want more money.

Manager of Random Store: But you don't work here.

Me: I know, but if this works for Postal Workers...


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  1. You’re an idiot Winskill.

    18 Nov 2007, 16:11

  2. Charming, that is…

    18 Nov 2007, 16:12

  3. I try my best

    18 Nov 2007, 18:22

  4. MR S R WEST

    Postal Workers were not striking for a raise in pay in fact they went on strike to protect their terms and conditions and the erosion of the Public Service principle that Royal Mail used to stand for. As it is now only for profit you are seeing Post Offices closing, later deliveries, casuals delivering instead of Full time posties, earlier last collections. Postmen themselves are seeing their work life balance changing for the worse and Royal mail want them to work different hours on different days with no notice, take more work for less pay (your unaddressed mail) move posties from one duty to another on a daily basis (this will mean more instances of incorrect deliveries not less). They also want posties to work enforced overtime although they say publicly this will not happen, within Royal Mail they will discipline anyone who does not comply with a reasonable request to work overtime, who decides if its reasonable – Royal Mail do. So while I have sympathy with your argument may I suggest you research on stuff you post before you make such sweeping statements. Most posties I know are willing to take a pay freeze but the strings that have been attached to this years offer are unworkable, and mean a pay cut for every postperson.

    19 Nov 2007, 16:21

  5. That makes sense. To be fair, I did start by saying “I don’t understand why there have been all these postal strikes recently”, which if you look at it a certain way…

    19 Nov 2007, 16:49

  6. I should point out a lot of the post is automated so if you’re getting letters sent to the wrong address it’s a big stupid machine, not a human who’s often at fault…

    20 Nov 2007, 01:42

  7. mick

    Mr West paints a very biased picture of posties. The reality of the situation is that post office workers are about 40% less efficient than their colleagues in the private sector – DHL, etc. A good example of this is ‘job and finish’ – thats to say that they do a ‘round’ which might only take 4 hours, but they get paid a full 8 hour shift and then go home. If there is more post to be delivered, the management then have to pay them overtime not to go home – which means they get paid twice.

    Some post offices are closing – for example the ones that run about 30 transactions a week which, given the level of subsidy that rural post offices get means that each transaction costs about £40. Not good business – in fact, even if it wasnt a good business, not good use of taxpayers money

    29 Nov 2007, 07:54

  8. Roger

    Utter bollocks Mick.
    There is no way you can compare DHL and the Royal Mail.
    DHL take deliveries from companies, it is usually properly addressed, with a printed label, and is most often sent to another company, ie no trouble finding it.
    The Royal Mail should never have been privatised. It is a utility, a core service which is too important to the overall state of the country to be run on a for-profit basis. Why do you think the police and fire service have never been privatised? “Oh sorry madam, the fire station at Much Flippinheck was closed because it was only being called out 5 times a year, your house will have to burn until the unit from Numptingham gets there”
    I lived through the Fatch years and I can tel you if you were old, poor or sick you were fucked, basically. It’s just a shame that much of her “reforms”
    have never been undone

    01 Dec 2007, 18:52

  9. Sue

    I didn’t realise I was slightly dyslexic until I started writing “beacuse” on here but I think it looks rather sweet, Richard.

    03 Dec 2007, 07:35


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