Tuesday, November 27, 2007

41% of Posties Accept Stitch-Up Deal/Motion Carried

64% of those postal workers who voted have accepted the stitch-up 'settlement' offer from Royal Mail bosses. However, there was only a 64% turnout. So after weeks of strike action, lost pay and backstabbing from Communication Workers Union bureaucrats, the original contract proposed by Royal Mail will go through practically unaltered, despite the fact that 59% of posties still refuse to back it.

Many workers have reacted angrily to the news, with one employee on Royal Mail Chat stating:
This is a s**t deal!.. We better all head to Tescos and HOPE that we get jobs there! Cause this job is f****d! If I get my hands on those crooked union reps or royal mail management bastards, they're all dead I tell you!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Posties Await Ballot Result

This summer and autumn, Merseyside postal workers have been on the front line of action against Royal Mail's proposed new contracts, which threaten jobs, pensions and working conditions, whilst opening the door to a sell-off of the postal service. Now they're waiting for the ballot on the Communication Workers Union's sell-out agreement, and pondering their next move.

Posties in Liverpool and Birkenhead were among the most militant in the country, taking illegal 'wildcat' strike action for over a week, after they got back from an official strike to find Royal Mail had unilaterally changed their working hours.

When representatives of Royal Mail and the CWU finally reached a deal, it quickly became clear that union bureaucrats had caved-in to pressure from post bosses on one side, and the government on the other. The new deal contained almost exactly the same terms that CWU general secretary Billy Hayes had denounced as a "carve up" by Royal Mail bosses and their "rich mates" just three months earlier, so rank-and-file posties have been expressing dismay and anger.

CWU members are now voting on whether to accept the deal, and the results will be announced after 27th November. If there is resistance to the stitch-up, we can expect it to be particularly strong on Merseyside, and postal workers will need public support if they are to save a service we all rely on.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Steal Something Day? But That's Illegal!

Obviously I can't condone wanton acts of lawbreaking, because that would be illegal. But today on a well-known social networking site I received an invitation to attend 'Steal Something Day', which claimed that the better-established Buy Nothing Day is a 'middle-class consumerist crock'.

I trust elected politicians to decide what is right and wrong on my behalf, and they believe that getting a four finger discount from members of the ruling class is against the law, but that same class taking something by force is okay. However, there must be no class aspect to this, because as someone once said: 'The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."

The lawmakers know best, so I won't be stealing anything on that (or any other) day.

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